Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

October 28, 2011 18:07 ET

Senator Elizabeth Marshall Joins the Town of Conception Bay South in Honouring Local Veterans and their Families

CONCEPTION BAY SOUTH, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - Oct. 28, 2011) - On behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, the Honourable Elizabeth Marshall, Senator for Newfoundland and Labrador, today joined community leaders, Veterans, Canadian Forces members, and members of the public at a special ceremony to honour Veterans and their families from the town of Conception Bay South.

The Town of Conception Bay South officially launched its Veteran and Family Community Covenant at the ceremony. The covenant, which was signed at the ceremony by representatives from the Town and members of the community, is a public pledge to honour, recognize and support local Veterans, military personnel and their families. This is the first known covenant of its kind to be signed in Canada.

"I applaud the Town of Conception Bay South for seizing the wonderful and unique opportunity that this community covenant presents," said Minister Blaney. "At the end of the day, we all share a common goal—to provide our nation's truest heroes with the recognition they have earned and so richly deserve. Grassroots initiatives like this can certainly help us achieve that goal."

"Our Government recognizes the service and selfless sacrifices of our Veterans and still-serving members," said Senator Marshall. "We are extremely grateful to these brave individuals and their families and we are so pleased to be part of today's ceremony.

Members of The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #50 were also present at today's signing ceremony. Earlier this year, they received up to $50,000 in Government of Canada support through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community War Memorial Program for the Conception Bay South Monument of Honour. The monument commemorates those who served in the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, peacekeeping missions and Afghanistan.

Applications to the Community War Memorial Program can be submitted at any time during the year and are reviewed on a quarterly basis. Interested non-profit groups and other organizations may be eligible for funding to build new memorials or to make major additions to existing ones.

For information on the programs, services and benefits available through Veterans Affairs Canada, please visit www.veterans.gc.ca. For more information on the Town of Conception Bay South, please visit www.conceptionbaysouth.ca.

Contact Information

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