Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

May 30, 2009 14:00 ET

Minister Thompson Attends Tribute to Veterans at 1st Annual Atlantic Gateway Fiddling Championship

ST. STEPHEN, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - May 30, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, addressed Veterans, musicians and fiddling enthusiasts during the opening ceremonies of the 1st Annual Atlantic Gateway Fiddling Championship at St. Stephen Middle School today.

To launch the event and competition, a tribute involving military colour parties and pipers from Canada and the United States was held to honour Veterans and currently serving members from both sides of the border. During his remarks, Minister Thompson was pleased to announce funding for $2,100 from Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund in support of the event.

In addition to the opening ceremonies, on Sunday, May 31, Ned Landry, a Second World War Veteran and renowned musician, is scheduled to perform a fiddle piece in tribute to all Veterans.

"Music has always played a significant role in military service and in remembrance," said Minister Thompson. "Incorporating musical pieces that pay tribute to the courage, the honour, the bravery and the sacrifices of our service men and women is a unique and innovative way to commemorate their efforts."

The Community Engagement Partnership Fund provides funding for events and commemorative activities across the country. Applications are accepted throughout the year. Non-profit groups, educational institutions and other organizations delivering remembrance activities and events may be eligible for funding. Please visit or call 1-877-604-8489 to learn more about the Community Engagement Partnership Fund or to apply for funding.

Contact Information

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