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COVID-19: Commemorative services, programs and activities

COVID-19 has impacted the regular operation of commemorative services, programs and activities. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Veterans’ Week

From November 5-11—Veterans’ Week—we honour those who have served Canada, past and present, in times of war, military conflict and peace. There are many ways you can show that #CanadaRemembers leading up to and during Veterans’ Week. Find out more at veterans.gc.ca/CanadaRemembers.

Events

Commemorative events hosted by VAC, stakeholders and other organizations have been adapted to meet the local COVID-19 restrictions and requirements. Consult our Calendar of Events for information on specific events. The status of the events may not always be fully up to date, so please contact the event organizers for more information. Some activities are being moved online so you can participate virtually.

You should follow all directions given by your local health authorities regarding public gatherings, regardless of an event’s status.

Memorials overseas

Partial activities resume

Visitors may now access the monuments and trails at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial and Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial. The visitor centres remain closed and there are no guided tours for the time being. In the meantime, we invite you to download self-guided tour maps or take a virtual tour of our sites.

Your patience is appreciated. We will update this page as more information becomes available.

Honours and awards

You can still access the commemorative services we provide, such as the replacement of medals, Memorial Cross distribution and addition of names to the Canadian Virtual War Memorial and the Books of Remembrance. However these services will be delayed.

You can still submit information and photos to the Canadian Virtual War Memorial, as well as the National Inventory of Canadian Military Monuments, but there will be delays in posting.

Commemorative Partnership Program

Your funding applications will still be processed, however there may be delays. Please submit your applications as soon as possible.

If you have already received funding for an event or activity that may be impacted by COVID-19, please contact vac.cpp-ppc.acc@canada.ca for further direction. We will provide details as quickly as possible to all funding recipients. Each situation is unique and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Grave marker maintenance

Repairs to Veteran grave markers across the country may be impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19. Eligible Veteran grave markers are those installed by the Government of Canada. You can contact vac.cm-mc.acc@canada.ca as usual for any enquiries. If you reach out to us, you will be contacted as soon as possible.

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