Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

November 03, 2007 23:00 ET

Minister of Veterans Affairs Participates in BC Lions' CFL Half-Time Show Salute to Veterans

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 3, 2007) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, participated today in the BC Lions' Canadian Football League half-time show at BC Place Stadium. The half-time show was a tribute to our Veterans and serving Canadian Forces personnel.

"Our Veterans have given their very best to this country, and the Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that we do the same for them," said Minister Thompson. "Our partnership with the BC Lions Football Club is one way that our Government ensures our Veterans are commemorated in communities across the country."

"The BC Lions are pleased to recognize the contributions of our Canadian Veterans and we are proud to share their achievements with our fans," said Mr. Bob Ackles, President and CEO of the BC Lions Football Club. "Recognizing our nation's commitment to bringing peace to countries around the world while preserving our freedom at home should always be in our thoughts and prayers."

Up to 1,000 people (Veterans, cadets, current serving Canadian Forces personnel, and pipe and drum bands) joined the Minister of Veterans Affairs to march on the field at half-time for a 13-minute musical performance in salute to Veterans and Canadian Forces personnel. Cadets unfolded a giant Canadian flag and Veterans, who were unable to march, were driven onto the field in vintage cars.

Contact Information

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