Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

October 06, 2011 08:00 ET

Seventh Book of Remembrance on Display in Oromocto and Fredericton

FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Oct. 6, 2011) - Today, the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, invited the public to view the Seventh Book of Remembrance, which will be on display in Oromocto on Friday and in Fredericton on Saturday.

This book, which is normally on permanent display in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa, contains the names of approximately 1,700 Canadian Forces members who have lost their lives in service since October 1, 1947, including those who made the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan. The Book is currently touring across the country to allow Canadians the opportunity to pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our shared values.

"This is the first time this book has been on a cross-Canada tour for viewing," said Minister Blaney. "I encourage everyone to take advantage of the opportunity to view the Book and honour the brave men and women who have given their lives in service to our country."

The Seventh Book of Remembrance will be on display on Friday, October 7, at CFB Gagetown in Building F-1 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Saturday, October 8, at the York Sunbury Historical Society and Fredericton Region Museum from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

In the Service of Canada, the Seventh Book of Remembrance, was created to honour the men and women of the Canadian Forces who died during active duty in Canada or while deployed abroad (with the exception of those commemorated in the Korean War Book of Remembrance).

"The Books of Remembrance remind us never to forget the foundation of courage on which Canada rests," said Minister Blaney. "These handcrafted books are truly works of art that remain a testament to Canada's proud military history."

Collectively, the Books of Remembrance contain the names of more than 117,000 Canadians who have lost their lives in major conflicts since 1884. Each volume is a work of art, featuring hand-drawn manuscript illuminations. The complete series includes individual books for the First World War, the Second World War, Newfoundland, the Korean War, the South African – Nile Expedition, the Merchant Navy and In the Service of Canada, the Seventh Book of Remembrance.

A high resolution photo of the Book of Remembrance can be downloaded at the following link: www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/sub.cfm?source=gallery-index/gallery&id=289.

For more information, please visit veterans.gc.ca or call 1-866-522-2122.

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