Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

January 06, 2005 08:57 ET

Veterans Affairs Minister Calls on Canadians to Submit Names for Seventh Book of Remembrance


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JANUARY 6, 2005 - 08:57 ET

Veterans Affairs Minister Calls on Canadians to Submit
Names for Seventh Book of Remembrance

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 6, 2005) -

Nearly 1,200 CF Members Already Identified

The Honourable Albina Guarnieri, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today
announced that her Department has identified nearly 1,200 members of the
Canadian Forces (CF) whose names will be entered in The Seventh Book of
Remembrance-In the Service of Canada during the Year of the Veteran.

The Minister also invited all Canadians to bring forward any information
that they may have regarding servicemen and women who have died while on
duty in Canada or serving overseas since October 1947, with the
exception of those who are commemorated in the Korean War Book of
Remembrance.

"Our Canadian Forces members have stood in harm's way for the peace and
security of others. Few in our society have been asked to take such
risks for the greater good," said Minister Guarnieri. "In the Year of
the Veteran, we would like to enlist all Canadians in this campaign to
remember these brave Canadians who served our country with duty and
honour. Recalling them by name is Canada's supreme gesture of perpetual
gratitude and pride."

The names of the approximately 1,200 CF members have been posted on the
website of Veterans Affairs Canada. To access the names, to send
additional names for consideration, or to submit digitized images of
photos, medals and other memorabilia, please go to www.vac-acc.gc.ca,
look under "Current Features", then click on "The Seventh Book of
Remembrance - In the Service of Canada" icon.



Canadians are also invited to send information by email to
commemoration@vac-acc.gc.ca or by regular mail to:

Veterans Affairs Canada
Canada Remembers
Seventh Book of Remembrance Project
12th Floor, Room 1208
66 Slater St., Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0P4


The posting of the names marks an important milestone in the preparation
of this Book, which is expected to be dedicated during Veterans' Week
2005. The final step in this labour-intensive process will be the
detailed inscription, by hand, of all names in the Book.

Once completed, The Seventh Book of Remembrance will be officially
dedicated and then added to the other six Books of Remembrance currently
displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill.
This unveiling ceremony will be one of the signature events marking 2005
Year of the Veteran. The existing six Books of Remembrance commemorate
those Canadians who lost their lives during the First and Second World
Wars, the Korean War, the 1885 Nile Expedition and the South Africa War,
as well as Merchant Navy and the Newfoundland Forces.

Veterans Affairs Canada has consulted with veterans and CF members
through the National Advisory Committee, comprised of representatives
from the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans in Canada; the National
Council of Veteran Associations in Canada; the Royal Canadian Legion;
the Canadian Peacekeeping Veterans Association; the Canadian Association
of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping; and the Gulf War Veterans of
Canada, as well as the Department of National Defence.

"I would also like to thank the members of the Committee for their
dedication, valuable advice and guidance especially during the extensive
preliminary work on the Book," said Minister Guarnieri.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    Veterans Affairs Canada
    Media Enquiries: Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    (613) 992-7468
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Mike Scandiffio
    Director of Communications
    (613) 996-4649