Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

November 12, 2010 16:21 ET

Government of Canada Supports Remembrance at the University of British Columbia

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 an event in Vancouver, British Columbia to honour Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"Although it is important to remember year-round, we particularly remember Canada's service men and women during Veterans' Week, and we are reminded of their achievements and sacrifices," 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 November 11, 2010, SEQ CHAPTER \h \r 1the University of British Columbia hosted its annual Remembrance Day ceremony in the campus' War Memorial Gymnasium. The traditional remembrance ceremony included an honour guard, bagpiper, scripture and poetry readings by students. Wreaths were laid by Veterans' organizations, Scouts Canada, Girl Guides, university associations and government representatives.

"The University of British Columbia has been hosting commemorative ceremonies in the War Memorial Gym for many years," said Minister Day. "I commend the University for its Longstanding Commitment to remembrance."

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.

Canadians observe Veterans' Week from November 5–11, each year. This year, the Government of Canada is asking Canadians to make remembrance more than something you feel, and make it something you do. This Veterans' Week, how will you remember?

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