Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

September 16, 2007 14:00 ET

Canada's New Government Supports Battle of Britain Commemoration in Delta, B.C

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 16, 2007) - Nina Grewal, Member of Parliament for Fleetwood-Port Kells, on behalf of the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, announced today a contribution of up to $2,500 to the 801 (Vancouver) Wing Air Force Association of Canada. The funds, provided through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund, will be used to support an event commemorating the 67th anniversary of the Battle of Britain in Delta, British Columbia.

"The Battle of Britain was the first major battle to be fought entirely by air forces," said Minister Thompson. "Our Canadian pilots served well and it is important for us to recognize their contribution toward the Allied victory."

On September 16, 2007, approximately 1,000 cadets will join local dignitaries, Veterans and members of the public at a commemorative ceremony to be held at Delta's Boundary Bay Airport. Activities will commence with a cadet review and culminate with a flypast by an Air Cadet L-19 plane and glider.

"Canada's New Government is proud to support initiatives that provide the opportunity for Canadians to pay their respects and honour our Veterans," said Ms. Grewal. "Community-based remembrance activities, especially those that involve our youth, provide a vital link between our past, our present and our future."

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

  • Media Enquiries:
    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