Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada
How will you remember?

How will you remember?

November 10, 2009 14:42 ET

Minister Thompson Pays Tribute to Veterans at a Commemorative Ceremony at John Paul I High School

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 10, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, joined the 600 students at John Paul I High School today to pay tribute to Veterans. Minister Thompson took part in the Spirit of Remembering Project to remember the sacrifice of those who served to defend peace and freedom.

"Veterans' Week helps us understand and remember the sacrifice our Veterans made. We have a unique opportunity today to recognize the work of these heroes and pass the duty of remembrance on to our young people." said Minister Thompson.

Canadian and Italian Veterans of the Second World War, as well as members of The Royal Canadian Legion also took part in the ceremony. The event also marked the 65th anniversary of the Italian Campaign. More than 93,000 Canadian soldiers participated in this Allied war effort during the Second World War. Thanks to their help, the Allies succeeded in liberating Italy.

John Paul I High School received $3,580 in funding from the Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund. The program is aimed at non-profit groups, educational institutions, and other organizations interested in organizing remembrance activities.

This year, Canadians are being asked to take remembrance one step further during Veterans' Week. Show how you remember by attending a Remembrance Day ceremony, visiting a cenotaph or memorial in your community, sharing your thoughts on remembrance online, or by proudly wearing a poppy. This Veterans' Week, how will you remember? Learn more at www.vac-acc.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7468
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications
    613-996-4649