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Veterans Affairs Canada

March 07, 2005 10:11 ET

Veterans Affairs Minister Delighted with Canadian Forces' Show of Support for the Year of the Veteran


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MARCH 7, 2005 - 10:11 ET

Veterans Affairs Minister Delighted with Canadian
Forces' Show of Support for the Year of the Veteran

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 7, 2005) - The Honourable Albina
Guarnieri, Minister of Veterans Affairs would like to express gratitude
for the extensive outreach happening during the Year of the Veteran.

On Friday, the Chief of the Defence Staff for the Canadian Forces,
General Rick Hillier announced that all Canadian Forces (CF) members
will wear a special insignia pin on their uniforms throughout 2005 to
recognize the Year of the Veteran. This special pin was designed by
Veterans Affairs Canada and includes a Canadian Maple Leaf and a poppy.

"Our Canadian Forces members are among those Canadians to whom we owe a
tremendous debt that can only be repaid through active remembrance,"
said Minister Guarnieri. "By wearing this pin, CF members are honouring
those who served before them. It is a symbol of our commitment to them
and of our gratitude for the sacrifices they continue to make for our
security."

Throughout 2005, high profile ceremonies and events in Canada and
overseas will commemorate Canadian veterans and celebrate the 60th
anniversary of the end of the Second World War. For more information on
the Year of the Veteran, please visit www.vac-acc.gc.ca.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    (613) 992-7468
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Stephanie Lewis
    Press Secretary
    (613) 996-4649