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Government of Canada marks 100th anniversary of the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel
Jul 01, 2016
On July 1, 2016, the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, and the Canadian delegation participated in a commemorative ceremony at the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial in honour of those who fought and died 100 years ago at Beaumont-Hamel on July 1, 1916—the opening day of the Battle of the Somme.
A number of dignitaries attended the commemorative ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the battle and laid wreaths in honour of the fallen. They included Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada, the Honourable George Furey, Speaker of the Senate, the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Ambassador of Canada to France, Jean-Marc Todeschini, Secretary of State responsible for Veterans, representatives of Canadian Veterans’ organizations, Veterans and Canadian youth.
Ceremony at the Adanac Military Cemetery
Jun 30, 2016
On Thursday, June 30, 2016, the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, and the Canadian delegation took part in a commemorative ceremony at the Adanac Military Cemetery (name formed by reversing the letters of “Canada”), which was created after the First World War Armistice in 1918. There are 3,186 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War in this cemetery, of which approximately 1,000 are Canadian.
Tour of In Flanders Fields Museum, Ypres, Belgium
Jun 30, 2016
On June 30, 2016, the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, and the Canadian delegation had a guided tour of the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres, Belgium. The museum is a permanent exhibition located in the Cloth Hall of Ypres. It tells the story of the First World War in the West Flanders front region. Here, soldiers from five continents and fifty countries and cultures are represented. The museum offers an opportunity to climb the 231 steps of the bell tower, allowing visitors to see both the city and the fields where the battles were fought.
Menin Gate Memorial Ceremony, Ypres, Belgium
Jun 30, 2016
On June 30, 2016, the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, and the Canadian delegation took part in the daily memorial ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, Belgium. Located in the eastern ramparts of Ypres, Menin Gate was chosen as the site of the memorial arch after the First World War. Nearly 55,000 soldiers of the British Commonwealth who fell in Belgium and have no known graves are commemorated by name on the walls of the Hall of Memory and elsewhere in the Memorial—6,940 of them are Canadian.
Carved in stone above the central arch of the Memorial are the words: “To the armies of the British Empire who stood here from 1914 to 1918 and to those of their dead who have no known grave.” To this day, the fallen are remembered every day at 8:00 p.m. in a simple ceremony. All traffic through the gateway is halted and buglers sound the Last Post.
Third annual Sam Sharpe Breakfast
May 09, 2016
On May 5th, the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, attended and spoke at the third Annual Sam Sharpe Breakfast, which focused on exploring Veteran mental health and wellness.
The event was co-hosted by The Honourable Erin O’Toole, Member of Parliament for Durham, and Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire. Also speaking at the event were Michael Landsberg, television personality and founder of Sick-Not-Weak, CTV sports broadcaster Joe Tilley who shared his personal story, and Scott Maxwell, Executive Director, Wounded Warriors Canada.
Minister Hehr highlighted the importance of ending the stigma around mental illness and encouraged everyone to assist loved ones who may be suffering, to seek the help they need. He also spoke to the Government of Canada’s commitment to Veterans and their well-being.
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