Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

August 17, 2009 13:40 ET

Government of Canada Helps Group in Alberta Honour Veterans

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 17, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Environment, announced today federal government support for a project in Alberta to honour Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"Our Veterans unite all Canadians as a source of pride. They help us remember why we are blessed to be Canadian and the values that Canada stands for: peace, freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law," said Minister Thompson. "This is why our Government continues to support communities and organizations as they honour their local military heroes."

The Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping received funding for the annual Peacekeepers' Day Commemorative Ceremony on August 9, 2009, honouring all the fallen military personnel who served Canada in peace support operations. The event included pre-ceremony music and a traditional remembrance wreath-laying ceremony.

"I commend the Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping for engaging Albertans, particularly youth, in remembrance," said Minister Prentice. "Through their continued commitment towards honouring our service men and women, they are ensuring that the sacrifices and achievements of our Veterans will not be forgotten."

The Government of Canada is providing $733,070 in funding to 50 community-led remembrance projects across the country through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund. 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 a backgrounder on the project in Alberta. 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
    Heather MacDonald
    A/Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7428
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications
    613-996-4649