Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

June 12, 2008 10:32 ET

Veterans Affairs Canada: Canada's National History Society Receives Federal Support for Vigil 1914-1918

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 12, 2008) - Vigil 1914-1918, a public Vigil to commemorate Canada's fallen service men and women from the First World War, will take place at the National War Memorial in Ottawa from November 4 to 11, 2008, thanks to Government of Canada support.

On behalf of the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, the Honourable Jason Kenney, Secretary of State for Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity, announced today a contribution to Canada's National History Society.

Funding of up to $300,000 provided through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund, will support the production and delivery of Vigil 1914-1918 at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. Beginning at sunset on November 4, the names of Canadians who lost their lives in the First World War will be projected onto the National War Memorial each night. The last name will appear just before sunrise on November 11. Canadians will have the opportunity to watch the event live via the Internet. The national vigil in Ottawa will be streamed live through an interactive Web site and Canada's National History Society will provide support materials to schools or communities interested in holding their own vigils.

"Our government is committed to remembering the great sacrifices and achievements of all those who have served Canada," said Minister Thompson. "Vigil 1914-1918 will pay tribute to each Canadian who made the ultimate sacrifice during the First World War."

"The men and women who served in the First World War contributed so much to our collective history," said Mr. Kenney. "This will be an important opportunity for Canadians to pay tribute to these individuals for their courage, devotion, achievements and sacrifice."

The Community Engagement Partnership Fund provides funding to non-profit groups, educational institutions and other organizations delivering remembrance activities and events.

To learn more about this Fund, call Veterans Affairs Canada at 1-877-604-8489 or visit www.vac-acc.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7468
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications
    613-996-4649