Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

November 10, 2010 12:21 ET

Government of Canada Supports Remembrance in Ottawa, Ontario

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 10, 2010) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture), and the Honourable Gordon O'Connor, Minister of State and Chief Government Whip, announced today up to $5,500 in federal government support for a project in Ottawa, Ontario to honour Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"Our Government is proud to support community events like these to ensure that Canadians never forget the sacrifices made by our Veterans," said Minister Blackburn. "The men and women who served our country deserve to be honoured for their great contributions and achievements. These events provide meaningful ways to bring youth and communities together in remembrance."

Wreaths Across Canada Incorporated was founded by a Canadian Veteran in 2007 with the goal of placing a Christmas wreath on every Veteran's grave in Canada during the Christmas season. The organization will launch its program next year by placing evergreen wreaths on the graves of Veterans buried at the National Military Cemetery at Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa, Ontario, on December 3, 2011. Youth and cadets will be encouraged to take part in the ceremonies and a modest bursary will be given to the student who writes the best research essay about a Veteran buried in National Military Cemetery at Beechwood.

"Wreaths Across Canada is a remarkable organization," said Minister O'Connor. "Many Canadians focus their remembrance efforts on Veterans' Week or Remembrance Day. It is important to continue remembering throughout the entire year, and this project will help us remember during the Christmas season."

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 more information and a list of the other funded projects. 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
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Sophie Doucet
    Director of Communications
    Cell.: 613-608-3252