Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

August 15, 2008 17:03 ET

New Trees Dedicated to Local Veterans With Federal Support

TIGNISH, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - Aug. 15, 2008) - Families from the Tignish community will take part in a ceremony to dedicate commemorative plaques and newly planted trees with Government of Canada support.

The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, announced today a contribution to The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #6 (Tignish).

Funding of up to $1,700, provided through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund, will support a commemorative ceremony at the Tignish Legion. On August 16, 2008, military families will dedicate 22 trees recently planted around the perimeter of the Legion property to local Veterans and one tree to a serving Canadian Forces member. The Legion will also dedicate one tree to all local Veterans. During the ceremony, a young person from each family will present a tribute to the Veteran or Canadian Forces member his or her family is honouring.

"This dedication ceremony will allow participants to reflect on the contributions of Veterans and current Canadian Forces members," said Minister Thompson. "I'm especially pleased that youth will take part in honouring their own family members who have loyally served Canada."

The Community Engagement Partnership Fund provides funding to non-profit groups, educational institutions and other organizations delivering remembrance activities and events. Administered by Veterans Affairs Canada, contributions are made throughout the year and encompass both national and community-based projects.

To learn more about the fund, call 1-877-604-8489 or visit www.vac-acc.gc.ca.

Contact Information

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