Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

June 12, 2009 13:30 ET

Local Veteran Recognized for Lifetime of Service to Comrades

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - June 12, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, The Honourable Fabian Manning, Senator for Newfoundland and Labrador, today paid special tribute to Mr. John Adams, a Second World War Veteran. Mr. Manning presented Mr. Adams with the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation in a private ceremony.

"Every year, the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation pays tribute to an exceptional group of diverse and highly committed individuals who have dedicated themselves to service and leadership for our Veterans," stated Minister Thompson. "They do so with quiet dignity, without asking for anything in return."

"Mr. Adams is richly deserving of this honour. A strong advocate for Veterans, he has devoted several decades of his life to providing support and assistance to Veterans and their families," said Mr. Manning in presenting the Commendation Award. "In addition to his distinguished wartime service to his country, Mr. Adams has dedicated himself to ensuring that those who sacrificed so much for us receive the utmost care and support in their hour of need."

"On behalf of Eastern Health, I would like to take this opportunity to say how honoured we feel to be able to provide healthcare services to our veterans at Caribou Memorial Veterans Pavilion. We'd like to congratulate Mr. Adams on receiving the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation for his ongoing contribution to the care and well-being of the veterans residing in the pavilion," said Larry Kelly, Director, Rehabilitation and Continuing Care Program, Eastern Health, St. John's.

The Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation consists of a bar, which can be worn below official decorations on a Veteran's blazer, a lapel pin for civilian wear and a certificate.

The Commendation is presented to individuals who have contributed to the care and well-being of Veterans and to the remembrance of their contributions, sacrifices and achievements. It is intended primarily for Veterans, but in some circumstances may also be awarded to non-Veterans. Nominations may be submitted by the public at any time and are reviewed annually by an advisory committee.

More information on the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation can be found on the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at

Contact Information

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    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
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    Director of Communications