Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

October 19, 2009 14:08 ET

Stamp and Students Honour Canadian Veterans - "How will you remember?"

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 19, 2009) - This year during Veterans' Week, Canadians will be asked the question: How will you remember? To start things off, the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and the Honourable Robert Merrifield, Minister Responsible for Canada Post, gathered with Veterans and youth at the Rideau Canal Junior Ranks Mess to unveil a new commemorative stamp. Following the unveiling, students from A.Y. Jackson Secondary School revealed a special video they created to show how they are remembering.

"It's wonderful to see the many different ways Canadians remember-from large gestures to simple acts of appreciation," stated Minister Thompson. "We can never fully repay the great debt we owe our Veterans. But we do have a sacred duty to honour our service men and service women ... to honour our heroes. And this is the greatest gift we can give our Veterans-the gift of remembrance."

"The Lest We Forget stamp will give Canadians the opportunity to share a piece of remembrance with family and friends across the country and around the world," said The Honourable Robert Merrifield about the newly unveiled Canada Post stamp. Six million copies of the stamp are now in circulation featuring a close-up image of the National War Memorial in Ottawa.

"My students were so excited to take up the challenge, and create something unique to honour our Veterans," said Susan Hemstreet, history teacher at A.Y. Jackson Secondary School. The Grade 10 class created their video with the help of images and footage found on the new How will you remember? section of Veterans Affairs Canada's Web site. The students will now be able to share their video with others through Veterans Affairs Canada's Web site, Facebook page or YouTube channel.

This year, take remembrance one step further. Show how you remember by attending a Remembrance Day ceremony, visiting a local cenotaph, sharing your thoughts of remembrance online, or wearing a poppy with pride. 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