Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

February 08, 2010 11:14 ET

A Heartfelt Thank-You to Canada's Veterans

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 8, 2010) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture), is encouraging Canadians to share valentine greetings with Veterans as a gesture of gratitude for their contributions to our country. This followed a visit by his Parliamentary Secretary, Greg Kerr, who distributed valentines to Korean War Veterans and other Veterans at the Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre. The valentines for the Korea War Veterans were a special addition to the presentation this year, created by students in the Republic of Korea.

"Each year, children and other caring Canadians express their appreciation for our Veterans by designing and writing hand-made valentines," said Minister Blackburn. "It is heartwarming to know that Canadians have not forgotten the sacrifices and service of our country's heroes."

"Apart from the greetings for the Korean War Veterans, there are greetings coming from all parts of the country for Veterans residing at the Perley Rideau facility," said Mr. Kerr. "The fact that they took the time to create these cards makes my day ... and I know it makes theirs."

The Valentines for Vets program, run by Veterans Affairs Canada, helps Canadian schools, individuals and organizations send tens of thousands of Valentine's Day cards to Veterans in long-term care facilities across Canada. In its 14th year, the program will see Veterans in more than 2,000 long-term care facilities receive cards this Valentine's Day.

Valentines for Vets began in 1989 when the late American newspaper columnist, Ann Landers, made a call to action in her column, encouraging her readers to send cards on February 14 to Veterans in long-term care facilities.

For more information on the Valentines for Vets program, visit the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at and search "Valentines for Vets."

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Office of the Parliamentary Secretary to the
    Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Alexia Forrester
    Press Secretary