COVID-19: Commemorative Services, Programs and Activities

Like all of Canada and the rest of the world, Veterans Affairs Canada will be impacted over the coming weeks and months by COVID-19. This includes commemorative services and activities.

Your patience is appreciated. As more information becomes available, we will update this page.

If you are a Veteran looking for information on services and benefits, visit our Information for Veterans page.

In-Canada Events

Commemorative events hosted by VAC in Canada are postponed until further notice. 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 from home.

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

Overseas Events

A Government of Canada delegation was scheduled to travel overseas to participate in ceremonies commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands from 1-10 May 2020.

In line with advice about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) from various health and safety authorities, the Government of Canada has decided to postpone this trip and the commemorative ceremonies which were planned around it for the time being as these events would have resulted in the gathering of large groups. When the situation with COVID-19 is resolved and the associated risks greatly diminished, Veterans Affairs Canada will work with partners in the Netherlands and in Canada to organize commemorative activities, including a delegation with Second World War Veterans visiting the Netherlands.

For more information on our plans to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands and V-E Day, please visit our events page.

Remembering the Liberation of the Netherlands

There are various ways you can show that #CanadaRemembers the Liberation of the Netherlands, the Victory in Europe and all of Canada’s efforts during the Second World War.

  • Read about the courage and sacrifices of our Veterans and their stories through our Faces of Freedom
  • Watch the Heroes Remember interviews available on our website
  • Use our educational resources
  • Review how you can remember those who served
  • Be an ambassador of remembrance by sharing your thoughts, photos and memories through social media with the hashtag #Netherlands75

Please continue to share the powerful message that #CanadaRemembers this spring.

Memorials Overseas

Visitor centre is open!

Visitors may now access the monuments, trails and visitor centre at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. Please respect social distancing recommendations and safety guidelines during your visit.

At the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, the visitor centre remains closed. Visitors may access the monuments and the trails during normal operating hours.

For now, there are still no guided tours at these sites. 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 they may be delayed due to reduced capacity.

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.

You will be contacted as soon as possible, however, responses may be delayed.

Grave Maintenance

Repairs to Veteran grave markers across the country may be impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19. You can contact vac.cm-mc.acc@canada.ca as usual for any enquiries, concerns or to report a Veteran grave marker needing repair. If you reach out to us, you will be contacted as soon as possible, however, responses may be delayed as we are currently working at a reduced capacity.

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