Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada
How will you remember?

How will you remember?

November 09, 2010 09:45 ET

Veterans Affairs Minister Honours Veterans With St. Mary's Elementary School Students in Halifax

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 9, 2010) - Today, the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture), joined staff and students of St. Mary's Elementary School to pay tribute to Canadian Veterans with a ceremony at the Fort Massey Cemetery in Halifax.

"This Veterans' Week, Canadians from coast to coast are encouraged to make remembrance something more than they feel by making it something they do," said Minister Blackburn. "That is precisely what the staff and students of St. Mary's Elementary are demonstrating by gathering here and placing Canadian flags on Veterans' graves. Today, we are honouring the incredible achievements of our Veterans and the special place they hold in our hearts and our history—past and present."

Today's ceremony at the Fort Massey Cemetery has been a tradition of the staff and students of St. Mary's School for more than 15 years. Fort Massey is one of two cemeteries owned and operated by Veterans Affairs Canada. It has long been a burying ground for those who have served in Canada's military and dates back to the British administration of Halifax. There are approximately 1,228 grave markers in the cemetery. A Cross of Sacrifice, installed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in 1960, stands as a focal point for the cemetery. 

This year during Veterans' Week 2010, from November 5 to 11, Canadians across the country are showing how they remember and honour our Veterans. Show you remember by attending a Remembrance Day ceremony, visiting the local cenotaph or monument, sharing your thoughts of remembrance online, or wearing a poppy with pride. This Veterans' Week, how will you remember? Learn more and find remembrance events and activities in your area at

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Sophie Doucet
    Director of Communications
    Cell.: 613-608-3252
    Veterans Affairs Canada
    Michelle Wright
    Regional Communications Officer, Atlantic
    Cell: 902-401-7691