Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

November 08, 2005 19:00 ET

Veterans Honoured at Candlelight Tribute

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 8, 2005) - More than 350 local Veterans were honoured this evening at a Candlelight Tribute hosted by Veterans Affairs Canada and the City of Ottawa. The Veterans were paired with cadets, scouts and school students in a candlelight procession to symbolize the passing of the torch of remembrance to youth. The Veterans presented a candle to youth and in exchange each youth presented a Veteran with "The Year of the Veteran" quarter recently launched by the Royal Canadian Mint.

David McGuinty, M.P. spoke on behalf of the Honourable Albina Guarnieri, Minister of Veterans Affairs. "Each flame here this evening represents another heart in which the memory of those who fought still burns - and that is the greatest monument of all," said Mr. McGuinty.

His Worship Mayor Bob Chiarelli declared Veterans' Week in the City of Ottawa from November 5th to the 11th. He also announced a street-naming initiative as part of the Year of the Veteran. Streets in Ottawa's new subdivisions will be named in honour of local Veterans. The first street to be named is P.A. Metivier Drive, after First World War Veteran, Paul Metivier, who passed away in December 2004. His daughter, Madame Justice Monique Metivier, was presented with a replica of the street sign.

Vice-Admiral Greg Jarvis laid a wreath and spoke on behalf of the Canadian Forces. Sixteen year-old Nicholas Butte read a Pledge of Remembrance on behalf of Ottawa's youth.

Any member of the public may submit a Veteran's name to the City for consideration for a street name. For a complete list of the commemorative-naming criteria or submission form, send an e-mail to namingottawa@ottawa.ca or call the City Clerk's Branch at 580-2424, ext. 21238.

For more information on Veterans' Week activities, please visit Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at www.vac-acc.gc.ca.

2005 is the Year of the Veteran. Celebrate. Honour. Thank. Remember. Teach.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    (613) 992-7468
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Corey Hobbs
    Director of Communications
    (613) 947-4908
    www.vac-acc.gc.ca