Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada
How will you remember?

How will you remember?

November 11, 2010 19:45 ET

Minister Blackburn Marks Remembrance Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 11, 2010) - Minister Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture) began Remembrance Day at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier speaking to youth about the importance of remembering. The youth, representing Operation Veteran, presented a cheque to Mark O'Neill, Director General of the Canadian War Museum, to provide meals for Veterans. 

The Minister then attended the annual Remembrance Day ceremony at the National War Memorial as part of the Vice-Regal Party.

Later in the afternoon the Minister addressed youth participating in the Historica-Dominion Institute's Encounters with Canada Program at a wartime-style supper. The program gives an opportunity to teenagers from across the country to visit Ottawa and become familiar with Canada's military history and learn about remembrance.

"You are the future leaders of this country and that is why is so important that you have an appreciation of the contribution and sacrifice of our Veterans," stated the Minister. "You are our "guardians of remembrance."

The day's finale was a tribute to Veterans by the Ottawa Senators organization. Two Second World War Veterans, who are also former NHL players, Howard Riopelle and Tony Licari, joined the Minister for a ceremonial puck drop at the Senators' game with the Vancouver Canucks.

"I hold Mr. Riopelle and Mr. Licari in high regard," stated Minister Blackburn. "They served their country when we needed them the most and I join with all Canadians in sharing our gratitude for their courage and strength."

This year, during Veterans' Week, Canadians were asked to take remembrance one step further - to remember by attending a Remembrance Day ceremony, visiting a local cenotaph or monument, sharing thoughts of remembrance online, and wearing a poppy with pride. Learn more at www.vac-acc.gc.ca.

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