Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

November 11, 2013 11:30 ET

Minister Blaney Marks Veterans' Week 2013

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Nov. 11, 2013) - This Veterans' Week, from November 5 to 11, Canadians are encouraged to show how they remember Canadian Veterans past and present. The people of the region of Quebec remembered them at the Remembrance Day ceremony in Quebec City.

"The men and women who have served Canada gave selflessly for our freedom, and one way we repay them is by remembering their sacrifices," said Minister Blaney. "Remembrance Day is also an occasion to pay tribute to Veterans' families and other loved ones who have sacrificed so much for us. As Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, I pay a special tribute to Veterans of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who proudly served the interests of Canadians each and every day"

"Today it is important to stop and take a solemn moment to show our gratitude to our veterans. It is with great pride and the most respect that I salute them," said Senator Suzanne Fortin-Duplessis. Lest we forget, those who have sacrificed so much, who have given their lives to protect us and defend our Canadian values ΓÇïΓÇïof freedom, democracy and the rule of law."

This Remembrance Day, our Government is encouraging Canadians to show how they remember. An act of remembrance can include wearing a poppy above your heart, attending a local Remembrance Day ceremony, or sharing your thoughts of remembrance online.

2013 is the Year of the Korean War Veteran-Canada proudly remembers the heroes of the Korean War and their brave fight to defend the Republic of Korea and uphold freedom, democracy and the rule of law. Since January 2013, many commemorative events have been held in Canada and overseas to recognize the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice and the Government of Canada has declared July 27th of every year as Korean War Veterans Day in honor of the brave Canadians who served on the Korean Penninsula. During Veterans' Week, communities across Canada will highlight these Korean War Veterans in their remembrance activities and events.

Since Confederation, more than 2.3 million Canadians have served in Canada's armed forces to defend freedom, democracy and the rule of law, with more than 118,000 having given their lives. Canada's men and women in uniform have served this nation in many ways over the years. They helped build the Canada we know and love by stepping forward in our times of greatest need.

On Remembrance Day, we are reminded to thank all Veterans for their efforts to uphold the ideals we hold dear. As Canadians, it is our duty to pass on the legacy and keep the memories of our Veterans alive. The men and women who have served our great country gave selflessly for our freedom, and one way we repay them is by remembering their sacrifices.

This Veterans' Week, show you remember. Learn more at www.veterans.gc.ca.

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