Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

June 06, 2008 16:22 ET

Wartime Pilots' and Observers' Association Receives Federal Support for Commemorative Ceremony

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - June 6, 2008) - Veterans who served as British Commonwealth Aircrew during the Second World War will hold their last commemorative ceremony with support from the Government of Canada.

On behalf of the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, the Honourable Vic Toews, President of the Treasury Board and Member of Parliament for Provencher announced today a contribution to the Wartime Pilots' and Observers' Association.

Funding of up to $3,000, provided through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund, will support the last commemorative event of this 90-year-old organization. The day will include a wind-up event, parade and an Air Command Band performance at 17 Wing Canadian Forces Base in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

"We take this opportunity to honour not only the members of the Wartime Pilots' and Observers' Association, but also the service men and women who are no longer with us," said Minister Thompson. "We recognize the efforts this organization has made to make remembrance a priority and we continue to encourage Canadians to honour all those who have served our country."

"This is a very meaningful event for the members of this historic organization," said Minister Toews. "It will allow members to gather one last time to commemorate their fallen comrades."

The Community Engagement Partnership Fund provides funding to non-profit groups, educational institutions and other organizations delivering remembrance activities and events. Administered through Veterans Affairs Canada's Canada Remembers program, contributions are made throughout the year and encompass both national and community-based projects.

To learn more about the Community Engagement Partnership Fund or to apply for funding, call 1-877-604-8489.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications