Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

May 31, 2012 15:27 ET

Veterans Affairs Minister Steven Blaney Marks the 110th Anniversary of the End of the South African War

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 31, 2012) -

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The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today participated in a commemorative wreath-laying ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa to mark the 110th anniversary of the end of the South African War. Descendants of South African War Veterans were also in attendance to witness the occasion.

"Our Government is proud to mark the 110th anniversary of the end of the South African War, in recognition of those Canadians who participated in our country's first official dispatch of troops to an overseas war," said Minister Blaney. "In marking this occasion, we remember and pay tribute to 277 Canadians who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation during this military conflict."

Between 1899 and 1902, more than 7,000 Canadians put their lives on the line to support the war effort in South Africa. This was the first time that large numbers of Canadian soldiers served overseas and the first time that Canadian women served with the military. In addition to those who lost their lives, more than 250 Canadians were wounded. Considerable courage was evident throughout this conflict, with five Canadians earning the Victoria Cross, the highest award for military valour.

The Treaty of Vereeniging, which ended the South African War, was signed on May 31, 1902. The names of the fallen are recorded in the South African War/Nile Expedition Book of Remembrance which is displayed in the Peace Tower's Memorial Chamber on Parliament Hill.

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Contact Information

  • Media Inquiries:
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Veterans Affairs Canada

    Codie Taylor
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs