Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

June 13, 2008 11:39 ET

Esquimalt Legion Receives Federal Support for Candlelight Ceremony

ESQUIMALT, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 13, 2008) - A moving candlelight ceremony in Esquimalt honoured Canada's service men and women thanks to support from the Government of Canada.

The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, confirmed today that a contribution was made to The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #172 (Esquimalt Dockyard) for the community's candlelight ceremony.

"Each candle represents a story of uncommon courage and valour," said Minister Thompson. "Memorial services like this inspire the general public and especially youth to carry the act of remembrance into the future."

Funding of up to $2,800, provided through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund, supports the annual candlelight ceremony at God's Acre Veterans Cemetery, which was held May 29, 2008. In a symbolic "passing of the torch" activity, candles were lit and passed out to the public and Veterans to create a sense of unity and to demonstrate respect for those who served. At this year's ceremony, youth placed approximately 3,000 candles on service men and women's graves.

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, call 1-877-604-8489 or visit

Contact Information

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