Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

October 31, 2011 16:38 ET

Minister Steven Blaney Announces Funding for Kin Canada's Portraits of Honour Tour and Views the Seventh Book of Remembrance

CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - Oct. 31, 2011) -

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The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, announced today $100,000 in federal government support for the Kin Canada Portraits of Honour Tour, which takes a special approach in honouring the service and sacrifice of those killed in Afghanistan.

"As Canadians, it is our responsibility to ensure that we actively remember and express our gratitude to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our values and way of life. Our government is proud to support an initiative that respectfully memorializes these men and women," said Minister Blaney. "This tour provides Canadians with an opportunity to pay tribute to our nation's truest heroes."

The Portraits of Honour is a mural created by artist Dave Sopha. Mr. Sopha has painstakingly created a portrait of each member of the Canadian Forces who has lost his or her life in Afghanistan. Kin Canada is taking this 10' x 40' mural to approximately 180 communities across the country from May to November 2011, to encourage Canadians to become more engaged in remembrance.

In addition to providing funding, Veterans Affairs Canada is joining the tour at a number of locations with a special display of the Seventh Book of Remembrance. This book, which is normally on permanent display in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa, contains the names of Canadian Forces members who have lost their lives since October 1, 1947, with the exception of those who are commemorated in the Korean War Book of Remembrance.

The Portraits of Honour Tour is funded in part by Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund (CEPF). Applications to the CEPF program are accepted throughout the year. Non-profit groups and other organizations may be eligible for funding.

Please visit veterans.gc.ca or call 1-866-522-2122 to learn more about the Community Engagement Partnership Fund or to apply for funding. For more information on the tour, visit www.portraitsofhonour.ca.

For information on Veterans' Week, visit veterans.gc.ca, visit our Facebook "Canada Remembers" page to leave a message of remembrance or follow us on Twitter@VeteransENG_CA.

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Contact Information

  • Media Inquiries:
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Veterans Affairs Canada
    613-992-7468

    Codie Taylor
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    613-996-4649