Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada
How will you remember?

How will you remember?

November 10, 2009 19:35 ET

Veterans Honoured at Senators Game

Minister of Veterans Affairs and 1948 Gold Medalist Drop Puck

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 10, 2009) - The Ottawa Senators and Veterans Affairs Canada worked together to honour Canada's Veterans on the eve of Remembrance Day. A Veteran who was a member of the 1948 RCAF Flyers Olympic Gold Medal winning hockey team joined the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, for a ceremonial puck drop at the Senators' game with the Edmonton Oilers tonight.

"It's wonderful to see the many different ways Canadians remember-from large gestures to simple acts of appreciation," said Minister Thompson. "We can never fully repay the great debt we owe our Veterans. But we do have a sacred duty to honour our nation's truest heroes."

The Minister joined RCAF Flyer Ted Hibberd at centre ice for the dropping of the puck.

The 1948 RCAF Flyers, in true Canadian spirit, overcame great odds to win Gold in Switzerland. Never given much of a chance to win, the team came together at just the right time and rose to the occasion.

"It should come as no surprise to Canadians that the 1948 RCAF Flyers accomplished such greatness in the Olympics," said Minister Thompson. "Having served in the military, they were ready for their dangerous opponents. We salute them for their determination and dedication on and off the ice."

This year, during Veterans Week, Canadians are being asked to take remembrance one step further. Show how you remember by attending a Remembrance Day ceremony, visiting a local cenotaph or monument, 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