Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

April 19, 2008 15:00 ET

Government of Canada Encourages Canadians to Remember

GEORGETOWN, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 19, 2008) - The Honourable Michael Chong, Member of Parliament for Wellington-Halton Hills, on behalf of the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today attended a remembrance event at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #120 (Georgetown, ON), where he confirmed Government of Canada funding of up to $2,500 for this event and other community remembrance activities.

"Commemorative events help make sure that future generations keep the torch of remembrance ablaze," said Minister Thompson. "This is one more way we can encourage Canadians of all ages to remember and honour the men and women who served our country so well."

The all-day event allowed Georgetown citizens to learn more about the work being done by the Legion for Veterans and the community. Mr. Chong also announced funding of up to $5,000 towards two candlelight tributes. Funding is provided through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund.

On May 8, more than 1,200 school children will attend candlelight tributes at cenotaphs in the communities of Georgetown and Glen Williams. They will meet Veterans and place lit candles around the each cenotaph to honour service men and women who died while serving their country. The candles will burn overnight.

"Community events give all citizens the opportunity to interact with our Veterans as well as honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice," said the Honourable Michael Chong.

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 or to apply for funding, go to www.vac-acc.gc.ca or call 1-800-443-0394.

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