Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

August 12, 2007 14:57 ET

Canada's New Government Announces Funding for Annual Peacekeepers Day Ceremony

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 12, 2007) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs announced today a $10,000 contribution to the Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping (CAVUNP). The funds, provided through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund, supported the Association's annual Peacekeepers Day Ceremony.

"Our Peacekeepers deserve recognition for the tremendous work they have done and continue to do every day," said Minister Thompson. "These men and women put their lives on the line every time they accept a mission, yet they continue to serve our country proudly. We owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude for their bravery and for their willingness to defend Canadian values."

The ceremony, held today in Calgary, honoured Canadian men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice during peace support operations. During the event, wreaths were laid at the base of the Peacekeepers' Wall of Honour, a stone structure located in Garrison Green's Peacekeepers' Park that bears the names of fallen Peacekeepers.

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.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications