Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

December 23, 2009 10:11 ET

Minister of Veterans Affairs Joins Veterans This Holiday Season to Thank Generations of Men and Women in Uniform

SAINT JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Dec. 23, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today praised the generations of men and women whose Christmas and Hanukkah have been spent abroad to defend and protect our great country. The Minister was at Ridgewood Veterans' Wing visiting Veterans.

"It is at times like this that we understand how truly blessed our nation is to have so many courageous Canadians willing to sacrifice everything so that we can live in peace and freedom," said Minister Thompson.

Minister Thompson reflected on the many examples of great Canadian service during the holiday season - from the Battle of Hong Kong to the liberation of Ortona.

"This is what nations around the world think of when they see our Red Maple Leaf, or when they see 'Canada' on a brave soldier's uniform," said Minister Thompson. "They know that when the cause is just - when the cause is right - Canadians will be there."

"Thousands of Canadian soldiers are again answering the world's call this holiday season," said Minister Thompson. "They are serving in some of the world's most troubled places. Places like Afghanistan. And we are thinking of them. We are thinking of their families. And we are thinking of those who have lost loved ones. They have earned the right to be called our nation's truest heroes."

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