Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

June 07, 2008 11:15 ET

Billy Bishop Heritage Receives Federal Support for Video Premiere and Exhibit

OWEN SOUND, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 7, 2008) - The Billy Bishop Heritage Museum has unveiled two special tributes honouring Veterans of the First and Second World Wars, thanks to support from the Government of Canada.

Two contributions totalling up to $6,200, provided through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund, have been provided to Billy Bishop Heritage, a non-profit organization that runs the Billy Bishop Heritage Museum in Owen Sound. The contributions support the Museum's unveiling today of a new remembrance exhibit and a commemorative video unveiled June 3.

"Billy Bishop is Canada's most famous First World War flying ace and was a part of the many contributions of the Royal Canadian Air Force during the war," said Minister Thompson. "These museum events are both great examples of how we can encourage future generations to remember, respect and honour the great sacrifices made to protect our democracy."

Larry Miller, Member of Parliament for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound attended the opening today, on behalf of the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs. The new remembrance exhibit features portraits of several local heroes of the First and Second World Wars. The commemorative video, Ordinary Men and Women Doing Extraordinary Things for our Country, contains interviews with more than 40 Veterans from the Second World War.

"Billy Bishop Heritage commemorates one of Canada's most recognized war aviators but also continues to be a leader in commemorating all Veterans in our community and across Canada," added Mr. Miller. "These projects will make remembrance personal for the citizens of Owen Sound and encourage them to continue honouring our Veterans and our lost service men and women."

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

To learn more about the Community Engagement Partnership Fund or to apply for funding, call 1-877-604-8489.

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