Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

June 04, 2009 11:00 ET

Giving Our Veterans the Gift of Remembrance: Government of Canada Supports Digital Archive Project

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 4, 2009) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced funding for the Dominion Institute's Memory Project: Stories of the Second World War. Minister Moore made the announcement at the Montgomery Legion Hall in Ottawa in the presence of World War II veterans and representatives of the Dominion Institute. The project will create a definitive record of Canada's participation in the Second World War through thousands of first-person accounts by veterans.

"Knowing our history helps us understand where we come from, who we are, and where we are going. Commemorating Canada's veterans, sharing their stories, and learning about our military history creates a sense of belonging and builds a sense of pride among Canadians," said Minister Moore. "More than a million Canadians served in World War II, and, on June 6, we remember D-Day, when 15,000 Canadians stormed Juno beach. This project will ensure their sacrifice will not be forgotten."

"Canada is the best country in the world and we owe much-if not all-of that to our Veterans," said the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs. "They are ordinary men and women who did truly extraordinary things defending our shared values of freedom, democracy, and the rule of law. The greatest gift we can give them in return is the gift of remembrance, and that's what this project allows us to do."

"Through this project, the Dominion Institute will preserve the stories of our veterans and make them available to all Canadians," said Marc Chalifoux, the Institute's Executive Director. "I encourage all Canadians who know a Second World War veteran to contact the Dominion Institute and get involved."

Federal funding totalling $2.6 million will be used to build the Memory Project Digital Archive, an interactive website that stores the precious memories of individual Canadian veterans so that future generations can learn about and understand their sacrifices. The Archive will contain veterans' stories and important World War II artefacts.

The Government of Canada is providing this funding through the Celebration and Commemoration Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. The program provides assistance to nationally significant projects and initiatives that recognize and celebrate Canada's outstanding people, places, and events and that promote and celebrate Canada, its culture, and its history.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken
    Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
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