Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

February 25, 2009 15:41 ET

Government of Canada Helps Groups in Newfoundland and Labrador Honour Veterans

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 25, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, announced today federal government support for two projects in Newfoundland and Labrador to honour Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Memorial University of Newfoundland received funding to support their annual ceremony of remembrance. The Knights of Columbus also received funding for an annual candlelight vigil in honour of the Second World War Allied Armed Forces personnel and civilians who lost their lives or were wounded in a disastrous fire that broke out at the Knights of Columbus hostel on December 12, 1942.

"Our Veterans unite all Canadians as a source of pride. They help us remember why we are proud 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 so they can honour their local military heroes."

"Projects like these provide communities in Newfoundland and Labrador with the opportunity to remember the sacrifices and to celebrate the accomplishments of our Veterans and Canadian Forces members," said Minister MacKay. "I am delighted that our Government is supporting these initiatives."

The Government of Canada is providing funding to 11 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 for a backgrounder on the projects in Newfoundland and Labrador. Also visit the Web site or call 1-877-604-8489 to learn more about the Community Engagement Partnership Fund or to apply for funding.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications