Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

May 07, 2008 12:20 ET

Jeunesse Maritime du Saint-Laurent Receives Federal Support for Commemorative Event

MONT-JOLI, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 7, 2008) - Jeunesse maritime du Saint-Laurent held an event commemorating the Battle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence at the Mont-Joli Regional Airport thanks to support from the Government of Canada.

The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, announced a contribution to Jeunesse maritime du Saint-Laurent. Funding of up to $5,000, provided through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund, supported the event commemorating the Battle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence that was part of the larger Second World War conflict, the Battle of the Atlantic.

"As we mark the 65th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic this month, we remember the battles that were fought so close to Canadian shores," said Minister Thompson. "The men and women who served during the Second World War deserve to be honoured and remembered for their great sacrifices and achievements on behalf of Canada."

In Mont-Joli, a ceremony naming the fallen was followed by wreaths being placed in the river. A permanent exhibit was assembled in ten small communities along the St. Lawrence to memorialize the battle. This will encourage youth, local citizens and visitors to these areas, to commemorate the Canadians involved in the battle.

The Community Engagement Partnership Fund provides funding to non-profit groups, educational institutions and other organizations delivering remembrance activities and events. Administered through Veterans Affairs Canada's Canada Remembers program, contributions are made throughout the year and encompass both national and community-based projects.

To learn more about the Community Engagement Partnership Fund or to apply for funding, call 1-877-604-8489.

Contact Information

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