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March 17, 2005 13:45 ET

Minister of Veterans Affairs Meets with Canadian Veterans in the United Kingdom



MARCH 17, 2005 - 13:45 ET

Minister of Veterans Affairs Meets with Canadian
Veterans in the United Kingdom

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 17, 2005) - The Honourable Albina
Guarnieri, Minister of Veterans Affairs, met Wednesday with a group of
Canadian veterans who reside in the United Kingdom. Representatives of
the Canadian Veterans Association of the United Kingdom (CVAUK) attended
a luncheon in London, hosted by the Minister.

"I am very pleased to be able to deliver, in person, Year of the Veteran
greetings from the Government of Canada," said Minister Guarnieri. "On
behalf of all Canadians, I want to thank each and every one of you for
your service to our great country and, indeed, to the world. Your days
of daring earned us an age of peace."

The CVAUK was formed in 1948 and is the only constituted organization of
Canadian ex-servicemen in the United Kingdom. The organization has
support from the Canadian and United Kingdom governments, the Royal
Canadian Legion and the British Legion, as well as other ex-service
organizations in Canada and the United Kingdom. Through six branches,
close to 550 CVAUK veterans and family members engage in activities and
participate in ceremonial events aimed at commemorating Canadian
veterans in the United Kingdom. Veterans Affairs Canada provides an
annual grant to the Association to help defray costs associated with
attending ceremonies and activities.

A number of CVAUK members will join other Canadian veterans in the
Netherlands in May to commemorate the 60th anniversary of its
liberation. The Government of Canada is providing a $1,000 travel
subsidy to eligible veterans who wish to travel to the Netherlands.

Earlier in the week, Minister Guarnieri met with her counterparts from
the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and the United States to
discuss common issues related to serving veterans and commemorating
their sacrifices. At the conclusion of the meeting, the participants
signed an agreement to endorse the collaborative activities underway at
senior levels to exchange information and develop solutions to areas of
common concern relating to their countries' veterans.


Contact Information

    Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    (613) 992-7468
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Stephanie Lewis
    Press Secretary
    (613) 996-4649