Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

October 26, 2009 10:40 ET

Minister of Veterans Affairs Celebrates 65th Anniversary of Department

CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - Oct. 26, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today marked the 65th anniversary of the Department of Veterans Affairs at its Charlottetown head office. Minister Thompson was joined by local Veterans and Veterans Affairs employees.

Faced with a wave of nearly one million Veterans of the Second World War, the Government of Canada created the Department of Veterans Affairs on October 18, 1944.

"Veterans Affairs has a longstanding tradition of serving Canada's Veterans," said Minister Thompson. "This was the case sixty-five years ago and it remains the case today. The Department exists to repay the nation's debt of gratitude to the remarkable men and women who served-and continue to serve-our country."

Also participating in today's event were Lieutenant Governor Barbara Hagerman, Premier Robert Ghiz, Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee and Dan MacDonald Junior, son of the late Daniel J. MacDonald, after whom the main Veterans Affairs building in Charlottetown was named. A Veteran of the Second World War, Daniel J. MacDonald was a Minister of Veterans Affairs and key driver in the Department's move to Prince Edward Island.

The creation of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the evolution of programs to meet the needs of a new generation of Veterans had a tremendous impact on Veterans services and on broader health and social services in Canada.

Today, the Department continues to evolve to meet the needs of Canada's traditional and modern-day Veterans. For more information about Veterans Affairs, visit

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