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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.

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.

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