Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada
How will you remember?

How will you remember?

November 10, 2010 21:00 ET

Minister Blackburn Pays Tribute in Ottawa to Veterans

­­­­­­­­­­OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 10, 2010) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture), paid tribute to Canadian Veterans this evening at several events in Ottawa. 

The Odawa Native Friendship Centre held their Annual Veteran's Feast in recognition and honour of Aboriginal Veterans. First Nations, Métis and Inuit Veterans, their families and other guests gathered to enjoy an evening feast, listen to Aboriginal drummers and wartime stories shared by Veterans in attendance. The year 2010 marked the 19th anniversary of this annual event.

Minister Blackburn joined Chief Betty Ann Lavallée, National Chief, Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, Reta Gordon, Senator, Métis Nation of Ontario and other dignitaries as they honoured aboriginal Veterans.

"These brave men and women stood up for Canadian values and we are standing up for them. It's because of them that we live in a peaceful and democratic country. It's our duty to remember them. They have earned it with their courage, accomplishments and sacrifices," said Minister Blackburn.

Later, Minister Blackburn and His Excellency Chan-Ho Ha, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea for Canada, paid tribute to Canadian men and women who served in the Korean War. 

The National Capital Unit of the Korea Veterans Association of Canada held a commemorative ceremony in Ottawa to coincide with a Remembrance Day ceremony at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Busan, Korea. This year marks the 57th anniversary of the end of the Korean War.

"I am honoured to be here this evening. It is inspiring to know that although we are worlds away from each other, there are citizens in the Republic of South Korea who are similarly paying tribute to Canada's Veterans of the Korean War. As the clock strikes 9, it will be 11 o'clock in the morning of November 11 in Korea and for the fourth consecutive year, we choose this moment to remember," said Minister Blackburn.

The ceremony concluded with a commemorative wreath laying by Ambassador Chan-Ho Ha, Minister Blackburn and Bill Black.

This year during Veterans' Week, take remembrance one step further. Show how you remember by attending a Remembrance Day ceremony, visiting the local cenotaph or monument, sharing your thoughts of remembrance online, or wearing a poppy with pride. This Veterans' Week, how will you remember? 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
    or
    Annual Veteran's Feast
    Odawa Native Friendship Centre
    Maureen Donnelly
    Parents as Teacher Educator
    613-722-3811 ext. 239
    or
    Korea War Commemorative Ceremony
    Korea Veterans Association of Canada
    Bill Black
    President, National Capital Unit
    613-228-0456