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The future of remembrance in Canada

Building a 10-year plan

10-year strategic plan for commemoration

10-year strategic plan

We are working on a 10-year strategic plan outlining a new approach to commemorating Canadians who have served our country, at home and abroad.

Learn more about the strategic plan by viewing the infographic or read the full consultation draft of the 10-year strategic plan (PDF).

The plan will explain how we will tell the story of all who have served Canada. This includes our international security, peace support and humanitarian efforts around the world, and domestic operations, since the end of the Korean War.

Transcript: Canada remembers CAF around the world

During the first half of the 20th century, more than 1.7 million Canadians served to defend peace and freedom around the world.

For decades, Veterans Affairs Canada has marked key milestones of the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War, with ceremonies and events at home and abroad.

We will continue to tell the stories of the millions of brave Canadians from all walks of life and diverse backgrounds who served during these conflicts.

Hundreds of thousands of Canadians have served since the end of the Korean War. However, their stories remain relatively untold.

Whether in peace support, combat or humanitarian roles…in Canada or around the world…these Veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces have served and sacrificed, with courage and honour.

They deserve our recognition and thanks.

To share the story of those who served in Canada’s military efforts around the world, since the end of the Korean War in the 1950, we will expand beyond traditional anniversaries and begin to mark the more recent military, peacekeeping, and humanitarian missions.

We will help Canadians learn about these missions, and the important contributions our service members have made to peace and safety—at home and abroad. They continue a long tradition of courage, service and sacrifice.

We will highlight the diversity of Canada’s military experience.

We want those who served this country to see themselves in the stories we share…and to recognize they are Canada’s Veterans.

We propose to focus on a different theme or region each year. And we will show the common threads between those in uniform–no matter where or when they served.

With “Veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces missions around the world” as our guide, Veterans Affairs Canada will base our efforts in three areas:

Engagement

We will ask former and current CAF members how their service, sacrifice and achievements should be recognized. We will seek stakeholder and community input on ways to inspire Canadians to recognize and appreciate those who served. And we will work with partners to incorporate this feedback into our plans and programs.

Resources

We will continue to care for our commemorative spaces and resources, in Canada and around the world.

Creativity

We will pioneer innovative and exciting new experiences for Canadians in everything we do. This will transform how we work and engage Canadians in communities across the country, to how we care for our memorials and other resources.

Together, we will tell the story of those who served Canada for our freedom—today, tomorrow and always.

Consultations

In the coming months, we want to hear from former and current CAF members, RCMP members experienced in international policing, and their families as we develop our plan. Your thoughts, ideas and feedback will be crucial to how we commemorate going forward. After we’ve consulted with former CAF, RCMP members and their families, we will consult Veterans’ organizations and other stakeholders. The last step in our consultation will be with the broader Canadian public.

While we are broadening our approach, Veterans Affairs Canada will continue to tell stories of the millions of brave Canadians from all walks of life and diverse backgrounds who served during the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War with ceremonies and events at home and abroad.

More information on these future consultations will be provided at a later date.

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