Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

April 24, 2008 10:34 ET

The Government of Canada Participates in Events Marking the 90th Anniversary of the End of the First World War

ALBAIN-SAINT-NAZAIRE, FRANCE--(Marketwire - April 24, 2008) - On behalf of the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, the Honourable Jason Kenney, Secretary of State for Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity, represented the Government of Canada today at an international event in France marking the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Secretary of State Kenney joined Marc Lortie, Canadian Ambassador to France and other international representatives at the Notre Dame de Lorette National Memorial and Cemetery in Albain-Saint-Nazaire, France.

"The ridge of Notre Dame de Lorette was critical to our allied forces' victory during the First World War, and it was bitterly contested in repeated battles," said Minister Thompson. "The soldiers who fought and died there can never be thanked enough."

"Canadians played a significant role in the battles of the First World War. Their courage was demonstrated at Vimy Ridge, Beaumont-Hamel, Passchendaele and on many other battlefields across Europe," said Secretary of State Kenney. "We gather here today to honour all those who fought for democracy, freedom and peace."

A wreath laying ceremony was followed by a performance from a children's choir, honouring the fallen and the Veterans of the battle. The children laid flowers and witnessed the re-lighting of the Flame of Remembrance.

For more information on Canada's participation in the First World War visit www.vac-acc.gc.ca.

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