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Commemorative Ceremony at the Courcelette Canadian Memorial, France

Commemorative Ceremony at the Courcelette Canadian Memorial, France
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Jul 02, 2016

On July 2, 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 Courcelette Canadian Memorial. This memorial stands on a small, well-tended site with beautiful greenery. On the granite block of the memorial is recorded the simple inscription: “The Canadian Corps bore a valiant part in forcing back the Germans on these slopes during the battles of the Somme Sept. 3rd - Nov. 18th 1916.” There are more than ten varieties of maple trees planted and tended to on the memorial site. Few bright colours in the gardens allow visitors to meditate and reflect on the monument’s somber message.

Government of Canada marks 100th anniversary of the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel

Government of Canada marks 100th anniversary of the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel
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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

Ceremony at the Adanac Military Cemetery
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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

Tour of In Flanders Fields Museum, Ypres, Belgium
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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

Menin Gate Memorial Ceremony, Ypres, Belgium
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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.

Canadian War Graves Commission

Canadian War Graves Commission
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Jun 29, 2016

On Wednesday, June 29, 2016, the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, and the Canadian delegation visited the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The Commission marks and maintains Commonwealth graves from both the First and Second World Wars. Included in this mandate is the commemoration of some 1.7 million war dead in over 150 countries. Of this number, more than 935,000 have known graves and are buried in one of the Commission’s 2,500 war cemeteries or plots or within some 20,000 other burial grounds worldwide.

Minister Hehr opens Nova Scotia Operational Stress Injury Clinic

Minister Hehr opens Nova Scotia Operational Stress Injury Clinic
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Jun 20, 2016

The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, joined Lindsay Peach, Vice-President of Integrated Health for the Nova Scotia Health Authority, to officially open the Nova Scotia Operational Stress Injury Clinic on Monday, June 13th.

Funded by Veterans Affairs Canada and operated in partnership with the Nova Scotia Health Authority, the Clinic, located in Dartmouth, provides full assessment, diagnosis and treatment services for Veterans, members of the Canadian Armed Forces, current and former members of the RCMP and their families who are living with operational stress injuries, also known as OSIs. Each OSI clinic has a team of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, mental health nurses and other specialized clinicians who understand the experience and unique needs of Veterans living with OSIs.

Royal Canadian Legion Dominion Convention

Royal Canadian Legion Dominion Convention
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Jun 17, 2016

The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, participated in the Royal Canadian Legion’s 46th Dominion Command Convention.

Third annual Sam Sharpe Breakfast

Third annual Sam Sharpe Breakfast
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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.

Forget-me-nots - Image gallery

Forget-me-nots - Image gallery
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May 06, 2016

Photos of Remembrance in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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