Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

November 04, 2006 12:00 ET

Thank-a-Vet Lunch a Success

BRANTFORD, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 4, 2006) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, attended Brantford's 9th Annual Thank-a-Vet-Lunch today where he spoke to approximately 700 Veterans and pledged Canada's commitment to remember their contributions and sacrifices. The remembrance ceremony left many Veterans emotional yet pleased to be honoured for their sacrifice.

"As we approach Veterans' Week, our pledge to you is that the sacrifice you and your brothers and sisters made to defend freedom and democracy will never be forgotten," said Minister Thompson. "We will uphold your legacy for generations to come."

The Thank-a-Vet-Lunch offered Veterans an opportunity to reminisce and share the stories of the past. Minister Thompson shared stories of his own as he spoke about the importance of passing the torch to our younger generation. The Thank-a-Vet-Lunch is a remarkable community initiative that continues to grow and presents remarkable successes.

This year's 2006 Veterans' Week Poster which highlights the theme "Share the Story" was often referred to by many Veterans during the Thank-a-Vet-Lunch. During Veterans' Week, November 5 to 11, Canadians, especially youth, will be encouraged to learn about our Veterans, listen to their stories, share them with their peers and carry the torch of remembrance well into the future. "Sharing the stories of our military heroes not only on Remembrance Day but on any given day will open our eyes to your sacrifice and define what it really means to remember," said Minister Thompson.

For more information on Veterans' Week 2006 and events in your area, please visit Veterans Affairs Canada's Web site at

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Special Assistant - Communications