Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

November 12, 2010 11:21 ET

Government of Canada Helps Students From Durham Remember Veterans

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 12, 2010) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture), and the Honourable Beverley Oda, Minister of International Cooperation today announced $13,000 in federal government support for a project honouring men and women who wore the maple leaf in protecting our freedom.

"We owe our Veterans a debt of gratitude for the sacrifices they have made to preserve our values and way of life. The Government of Canada is proud to support events and activities that offer a time for reflection as a tribute to keeping their memories alive, particularly significant at this time as we commemorate Veteran's Week," said Minister Blackburn. "Continuing to educate students is vital in preserving our history and ensuring that the legacy will be passed on to future generations."

In May 2010, 2,400 students representing over 80 schools from across Canada participated in the National Student Remembrance tour, organized by the Durham Remembers group. The students travelled to the Netherlands to commemorate the 65th anniversary of VE-Day and the Liberation of the Netherlands where they visited Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, Arnhem, Nijverdal and Rheinberg. The Durham Remembers Group received this funding to produce copies of a DVD entitled, Through Their Eyes: VE 65th Anniversary Documentary. The DVD captured the experiences of the students while in the Netherlands and was distributed to all participants.

Durham Remembers sent more than 2,000 students to the Canadian National Vimy Memorial site in France in 2007 to recognize the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Plans are underway for thousands of Canadian high school students to travel to the Memorial site to recognize the 95th anniversary in 2012.

Minister Oda expressed her pleasure that these students were given the opportunity to participate in events in the Netherlands. "As they joined their peers from across the country, I am confident that these students experienced a renewed sense of pride in being Canadian," said Minister Oda. "I am proud of the enthusiasm and commitment of these remarkable young men and women, ensuring that the achievements of our Veterans are never forgotten. 

As the Member of Parliament for Durham, I applaud the Durham Remembers group for their efforts in capturing the moment and preserving the memories experienced by the students on a DVD to be shared with others."

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

Please visit www.vac-acc.gc.ca for a list of 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