Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

November 03, 2011 22:31 ET

Minister Steven Blaney Participates in Candlelight Tribute Honouring Canada's Veterans

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 3, 2011) -

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The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, His Worship Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa, and General Walt Natynczyk, Chief of Defence Staff, joined more than 800 people, including hundreds of Veterans and youth in a candlelight tribute this evening at Centrepointe Theatres in Ottawa.

The ceremony, which began in the Netherlands as a symbol of gratitude to those who liberated the country during the Second World War, commemorates the memory of the many who have served and the many who have died serving Canada in times of both war and peace.

"Veterans' Week is a time to pause and remember our men and women in uniform today, and those who served before them in military operations and peace support missions around the world," said Minister Blaney. "Our Government is proud to honour those who served and those who continue to serve Canada. We will never forget their courage, commitment and their love of country."

The commemorative ceremony marks the 12th consecutive year that the City of Ottawa has co-hosted the tribute with Veterans Affairs Canada. As part of its street-naming initiative, the City announced that a local street will be named rue des Soldats-Riendeau after two members of the Riendeau family who served in the First and Second World Wars. Local peacekeeping Veteran Jean-Pierre Riendeau spoke on behalf of the family.

"Throughout Veterans' Week, Canadians have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the sacrifices and achievements made by those who have served and those who continue to serve Canada in times of war and peace," said Mayor Watson.

From November 5 to 11, Veterans' Week features events and activities across the country to help Canadians reflect on the service and sacrifices of Veterans past and present, and inspire future generations by their legacy of courage and valour.

This year during Veterans' Week Canadians are asked to take remembrance one step further. Show how you remember by attending a Remembrance Day ceremony, visiting the local cenotaph or monument, sharing your thoughts on remembrance online, or wearing a poppy with pride. This Veterans' Week, how will you remember? Learn more at

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Contact Information

  • Media Inquiries:
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Veterans Affairs Canada

    Codie Taylor
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs

    Bruce Graham
    Press Secretary
    Office of Mayor Jim Watson
    City of Ottawa
    613-580-2424 Extension 14299