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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.

Unveiling of the bronze plaque paying tribute to Lieutenant-Colonel Sam Sharpe.

Unveiling of the bronze plaque paying tribute to Lieutenant-Colonel Sam Sharpe.
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Nov 07, 2018

Lieutenant-Colonel Sharpe was first elected to the House of Commons in 1908 and was re-elected in 1911 as the Member of Parliament for Ontario North. He was sitting as an MP at the start of the First World War, and helped raise the 116th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force. He commanded the 116th Battalion during its operations on the fields of Europe and was re-elected by his constituents again in December 1917, while he was fighting on the battlefields of France. His unit was present for the assault on Vimy Ridge and fought at Avion and Passchendaele. After suffering mental injuries on the front, he was hospitalized in England and subsequently returned to Canada. Lieutenant-Colonel Sharpe died by suicide on May 25, 1918. As per a unanimously supported motion made by member of Parliament Erin O'Toole in the House of Commons on May 24, 2018, on the eve of the centennial of Lieutenant-Colonel Sharpe's passing, the plaque will be displayed in Centre Block on Parliament Hill ahead of November 11, 2018.

The Edge of Peace Commemorative Exhibit

The Edge of Peace Commemorative Exhibit
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Nov 05, 2018

From November 4 – 11 Veterans Affairs Canada presents a unique commemorative experience at Confederation Park in Ottawa. The Edge of Peace presents Canada’s military history and stories in a dramatic and inspiring way using images, light and shadow, and sound to tell the touching stories of four First World War soldiers who served during the final hundred days. This year, we are marking the 100th anniversary of Canada’s Hundred Days and the Armistice.

2018 Veterans’ Week Candlelight Tribute

2018 Veterans’ Week Candlelight Tribute
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Nov 05, 2018

The annual 2018 Veterans’ Week Candlelight Tribute is hosted by Veterans Affairs Canada, the City of Ottawa and the Canadian War Museum. After the laying of the Youth of Canada wreath, about 90 cadets, scouts and War Amps youth received a candle from a Veteran and placed them along the front of the stage. This symbol of passing the torch of remembrance from Veterans to future generations is the focus of this heartfelt ceremony. This Veterans’ Week (November 5-11), we encourage you to reflect on freedom. Remember the Canadians—past and present—who have served and sacrificed for our country.

Annual Senate Ceremony of Remembrance launches Veterans’ Week

Annual Senate Ceremony of Remembrance launches Veterans’ Week
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Nov 02, 2018

On November 2, 2018, the Government of Canada officially launched the 23rd annual Veterans’ Week with the remembrance ceremony in the Senate Chamber on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Veterans, members of the Canadian Armed Forces and youth took part in this signature event, which marked the 100th anniversary of Canada’s Hundred Days and the Armistice. This Veterans’ Week (November 5-11), Canadians are encouraged you to reflect on freedom. Remember the Canadians—past and present—who served and sacrificed for Canada. Join the conversation on social media using the hashtags #CanadaRemembers and #Canadas100days, or visit veterans.gc.ca/CanadaRemembers

100th Anniversary of the Battle of Valenciennes and Canada’s Last Victoria Cross Winner of the First World War, Sgt. Hugh Cairns V.C.

100<sup>th</sup> Anniversary of the Battle of Valenciennes and Canada’s Last Victoria Cross Winner of the First World War, Sgt. Hugh Cairns V.C.
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Nov 02, 2018

On November 2, 2018, the Government of Canada honoured Victoria Cross recipient, Sgt. Hugh Cairns, V.C. in his hometown of Saskatoon, and commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Valenciennes during Canada’s Hundred Days. More than 200 students and community members participated in a wreath laying ceremony at the Sergeant Hugh Cairns, V.C. Monument in Kinsmen Park in Saskatoon and an assembly at the Hugh Cairns V.C. School.

VAC National Stakeholder Summit

VAC National Stakeholder Summit
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Oct 29, 2018

Veterans Affairs National Stakeholder Summit in Ottawa, ON

Canadian and French youth learn about and honour three Canadian fallen in Pecquencourt, France

Canadian and French youth learn about and honour three Canadian fallen in Pecquencourt, France
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Oct 27, 2018

To mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, the Youth Council in Pecquencourt, France set out to learn about three Canadian soldiers killed during the liberation of their town in 1918 who were buried in their local cemetery. In early-October, the council visited the Canadian National Vimy Memorial to learn about Canada’s experience of the First World War. On October 27, 2018, Canadian student guides Olivia Bursey and Bronwyn Swerdfager visited Pecquencourt. After a moving graveside service, Olivia gave a presentation about the soldiers to the Children’s Council, Mayor and local residents.

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