Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

June 21, 2010 08:50 ET

Guides and Sentries Return to National War Memorial

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 21, 2010) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture), 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.

"Thousands of Canadians and tourists from around the world visit the National War Memorial throughout the summer months," said Minister Blackburn. "The guides and sentries add to its stature and increase its significance in remembering those who gave their lives so that we might enjoy peace and freedom."

"The National War Memorial is a sacred place to honour the men and women who served our country in military operations around the world," said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence. "The Canadian Forces is honoured to stand on guard for the men and women who came before them and sacrificed so much."

The guides are in addition to the existing Interpretive Guide Program at the National Capital Commission. Visitors can learn more about the history, symbolism and importance of this and other monuments by speaking with the NCC interpreters stationed at Confederation Square throughout the summer. 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 18 to September 6. There will also be a new mobile exhibit, funded in part by Veterans Affairs Canada, designed to engage visitors and enhance their experience.

"Canada's Capital Region is a gathering place for celebrations, commemorations and learning," said Marie Lemay, Chief Executive Officer of the NCC. "This on-going and important 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."

The ceremonial sentries will return to the National War Memorial on June 28 and remain until August 27.

Measures taken previously to ensure the integrity of the site continue, including year-round electronic surveillance, additional security patrols during tourist season and increased guard presence and crowd-control equipment at the site during Canada Day and other special events.

For more information on the National War Memorial and The Tomb of The Unknown Soldier, please visit the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at www.vac-acc.gc.ca..

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Jitka Licenik
    Acting Media Relations Advisor
    613-943-7878
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Sophie Doucet
    Director of Communications
    613-992-3465
    Cell.: 613-608-3252