Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

May 16, 2008 14:04 ET

Government of Canada Supports the Canadian Battlefields Foundation's Commemorative Initiatives

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 16, 2008) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, announced today a contribution of up to $21,000 to the Canadian Battlefields Foundation. This important contribution, provided through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund, will support education programs for Canadians, especially youth, about Canada's role in military operations since the beginning of the 20th Century.

"Our country has a strong and proud military history," said Minister Thompson. "This important contribution to the Canadian Battlefields Foundation provides our youth with meaningful opportunities to gain knowledge and understanding about Canada's important participation throughout the 20th Century in events that helped to shape our country's destiny and future."

"Remembering and honouring the men and women who served our country so bravely is important to Canadians," added Minister Thompson. "Educational projects allow more Canadian youth to play an active role in remembering these heroes."

The Canadian Battlefields Foundation was established to educate and actively promote Canada's role in the Second World War and other wars of the 20th Century through battlefield study tours, educational activities and commemorative events. The funding will help the organization encourage the next generation to continue honouring our service men and women.

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
    613-992-7468
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications
    613-996-4649