Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

November 07, 2011 19:57 ET

Veterans Affairs Minister Steven Blaney Honours Veterans at 10th Veterans Appreciation Luncheon in Oakville

OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 7, 2011) -

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The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, honoured Canada's Veterans today at the 10th Anniversary Veterans Appreciation Luncheon hosted by MEDIchair Halton in Oakville.

The event included a uniform parade performed by the Museum of Applied Military History, a Colour Party, and greetings from dignitaries followed by a wreath-laying ceremony. Artifacts from the Oakville Museum of Erchless Estate and from the Museum of Applied Military History were also on display throughout the event.

Minister Blaney laid a wreath and spoke about the importance of remembering the sacrifices of all of Canada's Veterans and those who are still serving our country today.

"It is through events like these that we are reminded how grateful we are to the courageous men and women who have always been there to serve and defend our country," said Minister Blaney. "Our Government is dedicated to honouring the sacrifices and achievements of all those who have served Canada and those who are still proudly defending Canada today."

The first Veterans Appreciation Luncheon was held in 2002. Ten years later this annual event continues to grow, with close to 800 Veterans, Canadian Forces members and their families attending the luncheon today.

"On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I would like to thank Kristen Courtney, from MEDIchair Halton, and the many volunteers who have worked so hard to make this day possible. Your efforts to remember and recognize our Veterans, still serving Canadian Forces members and their families are truly appreciated," said Minister Blaney.

Veterans Affairs Canada staff were also on site to inform attendees of the many programs, services and benefits available to Veterans and still-serving members of the Canadian Forces. If you are a Veteran, or know someone who is, find out more at veterans.gc.ca.

Veterans' Week is a time when all Canadians come together to honour those who have sacrificed to make our world a safer place. This Veterans' Week, make remembrance more than something you feel, make it something you do. How will you remember? Learn more at veterans.gc.ca.

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Contact Information

  • Media Inquiries:
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Veterans Affairs Canada
    613-992-7468

    Codie Taylor
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    613-996-4649