Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

March 17, 2011 09:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Remembrance in La Tuque, Quebec

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 17, 2011) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture), announced today up to $3,445 in federal government support for a project in La Tuque, Quebec, to honour Veterans and the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"Our government is proud to support community-led projects like this one that encourage Canadians to come together in remembrance," said Minister Blackburn. "The men and women who served during times of war and peace deserve to be honoured for their great contributions and achievements."

During the weekend of May 7−8, 2011, as part of activities marking the centennial of the city of La Tuque and the 80th anniversary of the establishment of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #31, the citizens of La Tuque will honour Veterans who served with the Canadian Forces between 1945 and 2011. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #31 will unveil an honour roll with the names of traditional and modern-day Veterans and current members of the military. Some 82 citizens of La Tuque took part in the First World War; 600 more saw duty in the Second World War and 300 in military operations since 1945. A commemorative plaque will be kept on permanent display in the Parc du Souvenir to preserve the memory of all military personnel from La Tuque.

"I commend the citizens of La Tuque and the Royal Canadian Legion for bringing people together to honour the men and women of this municipality who have served with the Canadian Forces over many decades," said Minister Blackburn. "Not only are Veterans honoured on this commemorative plaque, but their stories and commitment will live on for generations through commemorative events like this."

Applications to the Community Engagement Partnership Fund are accepted throughout the year. Non-profit groups, educational institutions and other organizations delivering remembrance activities and events may be eligible for funding.

Please visit www.veterans.gc.ca for more information on this event and a list of the other funded projects. Also visit www.veterans.gc.ca or call 1-866-522-2122 to learn more about the Community Engagement Partnership Fund or to apply for funding.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7468
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Sophie Doucet
    Director of Communications
    613-992-3465
    Cell.: 613-608-3252