Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

July 01, 2005 11:30 ET

Minister of Veterans Affairs Honours Veterans and Celebrates Canada Day at Newfoundland Events

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(CCNMatthews - July 1, 2005) - The Honourable Albina Guarnieri, Minister of Veterans Affairs, honoured Veterans and celebrated the nation's birthday today in St. John's, Newfoundland at a series of special events and ceremonies.

Minister Guarnieri took part in the annual Sunrise Ceremony at Signal Hill, and a ceremony of remembrance held at the Newfoundland National Memorial which remembered the enormous losses incurred by Newfoundland during the First World War Battle of the Somme at Beaumont-Hamel. She also participated in Canada Day celebrations on Confederation Hill. Veterans and Canadian Forces members were involved in the ceremonies, along with other provincial and federal officials.

"There could be no better way to see the dawn of Canada's 139th year, than to witness the sunrise with the veterans of Newfoundland and Labrador", said Minister Guarnieri. "In this Year of the Veteran, we mark Canada Day in celebration of a bright future built on the noble legacy of our veterans. As the 89th anniversary of the battle at Beaumont-Hamel, this Canada Day is also a day of Remembrance."

In addition to special events in Newfoundland, many cities across Canada took the opportunity to involve Veterans in Canada Day festivities and pay tribute to their sacrifices. Such activities ranged from Veterans' participation in local parades to Year of the Veteran display booths and war memorabilia.

2005 is the Year of the Veteran: Celebrate. Honour. Thank. Remember. Teach.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    (613) 992-7468
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affair
    Corey Hobbs
    Director of Communications
    (613) 947-4908