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Ceremony in Ottawa to mark the 5th anniversary of the end of Canada’s mission in Afghanistan

Ceremony in Ottawa to mark the 5th anniversary of the end of Canada’s mission in Afghanistan
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Mar 31, 2019

On March 31, 2019, the Government of Canada held a ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa to mark the 5th anniversary of the end of the Canada’s mission in Afghanistan. We recognize the ongoing sacrifices of those Canadian who returned from the mission in Afghanistan—some with invisible and visible injuries, and some who continue to serve in the Canadian Armed Forces. Over 40,000 Canadian men and women in uniform served—and 158 of them died—during our country’s 12-year mission in Afghanistan to defend peace and freedom.

Learn more about Canada’s involvement in Afghanistan.

Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation ceremony in Richmond, British Columbia

Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation ceremony in Richmond, British Columbia
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Mar 29, 2019

Thirteen Canadians were presented the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation by the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, during a ceremony in Richmond, British Columbia. The Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation is presented to recipients in recognition of their support and contributions to the lives of Veterans or to commemorative activities.

Commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy in Vancouver, BC

Commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy in Vancouver, BC
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Mar 29, 2019

In the months leading-up to the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy on 6 June, 2019, Veterans Affairs Canada will partner with VIA Rail Canada, Parks Canada and community organisations to hold events in communities across Canada.

These events will highlight the journey that service members took across our country during the Second World War, mainly via the rail lines to Halifax, from where they sailed across the Atlantic to join our Allies bravely fighting for freedom in Europe.

As it stops across the country, from Vancouver to Halifax, a train will carry Combat Boots—as symbols of Canadians who took this journey and who served our country. Accompanying ceremonies will commemorate the Canadians, from all walks of life, who sacrificed so much to defend peace and freedom during the Second World War.

The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, Veterans and honoured guests will launch community-based commemorative events across Canada and overseas honouring the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. Veterans, their families, Canadian Armed Forces members, youth and the general public attended the launch event in Vancouver.

Check out events in communities near you!

Veterans receive Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation in Halifax.

Veterans receive Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation in Halifax.
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Dec 08, 2018

The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, presented Canadian Veterans André Desrochers and Alan Sagar with Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendations today in a ceremony in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The commendation is awarded to exemplary Canadians who have contributed in an exceptional manner to the care and well-being of Veterans, and/or to the remembrance of Veterans’ sacrifices and achievements.

Canada in Belgium – Commemoration of Canada’s 100 Days (November 11, 2018)

Canada in Belgium – Commemoration of Canada’s 100 Days (November 11, 2018)
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Nov 11, 2018

The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, led an official Government of Canada delegation in Belgium taking part in ceremonies and events marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War from November 9 to 11, 2018. The delegation included Canadian Veterans, youth, and parliamentarians as well as ceremonial support from the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. A contingent of the Canadian Armed Forces made up of regiments with a connection to those that fought in the closing battles of the war was featured prominently in many events in Belgium and France during this period. The efforts of Canadians during the last hundred days of the First World War helped bring peace to the world at the end of what was then known as “The Great War.” The sacrifices and achievements of those who gave so much to help liberate and bring freedom to the world will never be forgotten.

Remembrance Day Ceremony and Open House in Charlottetown

Remembrance Day Ceremony and Open House in Charlottetown
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Nov 11, 2018

On November 11, 2018, Veterans, Canadian Armed Forces and Royal Canadian Mounted Police members, cadets and Canadians of all ages attended the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Charlottetown cenotaph followed by the annual Veterans Affairs Canada open house in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The open house theme is the 100th anniversary of Canada’s Hundred Days and the First World War Armistice.

Canada in Belgium – Commemoration of Canada’s 100 Days (November 10, 2018)

Canada in Belgium – Commemoration of Canada’s 100 Days (November 10, 2018)
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Nov 10, 2018

The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, led an official Government of Canada delegation in Belgium taking part in ceremonies and events marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War from November 9 to 11, 2018. The delegation included Canadian Veterans, youth, and parliamentarians as well as ceremonial support from the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. A contingent of the Canadian Armed Forces made up of regiments with a connection to those that fought in the closing battles of the war was featured prominently in many events in Belgium and France during this period. The efforts of Canadians during the last hundred days of the First World War helped bring peace to the world at the end of what was then known as “The Great War.” The sacrifices and achievements of those who gave so much to help liberate and bring freedom to the world will never be forgotten.

Canada in Belgium – Commemoration of Canada’s 100 Days (November 9, 2018)

Canada in Belgium – Commemoration of Canada’s 100 Days (November 9, 2018)
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Nov 09, 2018

The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, led an official Government of Canada delegation in Belgium taking part in ceremonies and events marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War from November 9 to 11, 2018. The delegation included Canadian Veterans, youth, and parliamentarians as well as ceremonial support from the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. A contingent of the Canadian Armed Forces made up of regiments with a connection to those that fought in the closing battles of the war was featured prominently in many events in Belgium and France during this period. The efforts of Canadians during the last hundred days of the First World War helped bring peace to the world at the end of what was then known as “The Great War.” The sacrifices and achievements of those who gave so much to help liberate and bring freedom to the world will never be forgotten.

Canada in France – Commemoration of Canada’s 100 Days (November 9-11, 2018)

Canada in France – Commemoration of Canada’s 100 Days (November 9-11, 2018)
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Nov 09, 2018

From November 9-11, 2018, commemorative events and ceremonies took place at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial and the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War Armistice and Remembrance Day. Event participants included Canadian Veterans, youth, and parliamentarians as well as French officials, local communities and ceremonial support from the Canadian Armed Forces. The efforts of Canadians during the last hundred days of the First World War helped bring peace to the world at the end of what was then known as “The Great War.” The sacrifices and achievements of those who gave so much to help liberate and bring freedom to the world will never be forgotten.

Aboriginal Veterans Day ceremony in Winnipeg

Aboriginal Veterans Day ceremony in Winnipeg
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Nov 08, 2018

November 8 marks Aboriginal Veterans Day in Canada. This year, the Aboriginal Community Campus and the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development hosted a commemorative ceremony at the Aboriginal Community Campus in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to honour and remember all of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis people who have served Canada and those who have given their lives for our freedom.

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