Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

September 30, 2011 17:51 ET

Statement by the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Marking the Return of the Troops to Valcartier

VALCARTIER, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 30, 2011) -

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The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today made the following statement at a ceremony honouring the Canadian soldiers who had participated in the last rotation of the Canadian Forces mission to Afghanistan:

"At an event such as this, words are often unable to fully convey what we feel. This is an occasion for celebration, pride, and perhaps even sorrow.

"Your return home is a source of joy to all of us, especially to your families, who have hoped and prayed for this day.

"It is an occasion for pride, because you have completed a demanding and perilous mission with the same courage and selflessness as those generations of Canadian soldiers who have marked the history of our country with their valour. Please accept our congratulations and our thanks.

"It also may be an occasion of sadness as we think of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"In Afghanistan, you maintained the core values for which Canada is known: peace, freedom, human rights and the rule of law.

"As Minister of Veterans Affairs, I feel it is vital that Canadians become more aware of the incredible sacrifices and accomplishments of our men and women in uniform.

"You have given much for your country and for a cause for which Canada has never spared any sacrifice. You jeopardized what you hold most dear. You are not only inspiring role models, but also the pride of our country. And Canada thanks you."

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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

    Jean-Pierre J. Godbout
    Communications Advisor, Quebec Region
    Veterans Affairs Canada
    514-283-2198 Cell: 514-209-1622