Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

June 19, 2009 15:17 ET

Guides and Sentries Return to National War Memorial

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 19, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and Marie Lemay, Chief Executive Officer of the National Capital Commission (NCC), today announced the return of guides and sentries to the National War Memorial for the summer.

"The National War Memorial is a powerful symbol of Canada's thanks to those who made the supreme sacrifice in the defence of peace and freedom," said Minister Thompson. "It is important that all those who visit this sacred site, in particular our youth, are aware of its significance."

"Our military is honoured to stand on guard for those who have served our country in times of war and in peacekeeping operations around the world," stated the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence. "They do so with the utmost respect for those who have fought for the values and way of life we enjoy as Canadians".

The guides are in addition to the existing Interpretive Guide Program at the National Capital Commission. The team is composed of summer student employees affiliated with the Capital Infocentre. Two guides will be on site seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., from June 19 to September 7. There will also be a new mobile exhibit, funded in part by Veterans Affairs Canada, to distribute information to visitors.

"This on-going and successful partnership between the National Capital Commission and Veterans Affairs Canada allows us to tell residents and visitors the important stories associated with the National War Memorial, one of the Capital Region's most well-known sites to commemorate our Veterans," said Marie Lemay.

The ceremonial sentries will return to the National War Memorial on June 27 and remain until August 30.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the dedication of the National War Memorial by His Majesty King George VI on May 21, 1939. An estimated 100,000 gathered to witness the ceremony. The Tomb of The Unknown Soldier was dedicated in May 2000. Countless Canadians visit the site each summer to remember the sacrifice of those who served.

For more information on the National War Memorial and The Tomb of The Unknown Soldier, please visit the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications