Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

November 12, 2010 16:46 ET

Government of Canada Continues to Support Remembrance at God's Acre Veterans Cemetery

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 12, 2010) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture), and the Honourable Stockwell Day, President of the Treasury Board and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, announced today up to $5,000 in federal government support for a candlelight ceremony in Esquimalt, British Columbia to honour Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"It is important to remember the achievements and sacrifices of Canada's service men and women year-round, not only during Veterans' Week," said Minister Blackburn. "While many Canadians honour our Veterans by participating in remembrance events from coast-to-coast, the Government of Canada honours them by providing them with the care and support they need— where and when they need it."

On May 26, 2011, the annual Candlelight Ceremony at God's Acre Veterans Cemetery will be held in Esquimalt, British Columbia. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #172 (Esquimalt Dockyard) has hosted this event at the National Historic Site for the past 11 years.

At dusk, a bagpiper leads the colours march into the cemetery to begin a traditional memorial service. During the program, the Victoria Children's Choir and the Canadian Forces Naden Band perform, preceding the passing of the torch of remembrance. Each Veteran passes one lit candle to a Girl Guide or a Boy Scout and together they place it on a Veteran's grave marker. The general public is then invited to place their candles on the remainder of the grave markers in the cemetery.

"This project is a great example of how remembrance is extended throughout the year," said Minister Day. "Candlelight ceremonies provide an amazing opportunity to pass the torch of remembrance from Veterans to Canada's youth. The legacy of our Veterans will live on thanks to moving events like this."

Applications to the Community Engagement Partnership Fund are accepted throughout the year. Non-profit groups, educational institutions and other organizations delivering remembrance activities and events may be eligible for funding.

Please visit www.vac-acc.gc.ca for more information and a list of the other funded projects. Also visit the Web site or call 1-866-522-2122 to learn more about the Community Engagement Partnership Fund or to apply for funding.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7468
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Sophie Doucet
    Director of Communications
    613-992-3465
    Cell.: 613-608-3252