Ontarians Encouraged To Honour And Remember Veterans

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Ontarians Encouraged To Honour And Remember Veterans

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

McGuinty Government Supports Initiatives To Keep The Memory Of Veterans' Contributions Alive TORONTO, Nov. 6 - All Ontarians are encouraged to honour and remember veterans and keep the memories of their contributions alive during Veterans' Week, said Minister Responsible for Seniors Aileen Carroll at the start of Veterans' Week. "We need to help future generations remember the contributions the sacrifices veterans made to preserving our freedom," said Carroll. "On behalf of the Government of Ontario, I encourage everyone to take time during Veterans' Week to pay tribute by participating in local Legion activities, school assemblies or faith services, or just by saying thank you to a veteran." Ontario is continuing to expand its efforts to ensure future generations never forget the debt of gratitude owed to our veterans. Ontario government activities for Veterans' Week include: - The launch of an advertising campaign for licence plates that feature a poppy and are available only to veterans - A Tribute to the Fallen Ceremony on November 9, honouring soldiers who died in the past year - The second annual provincial Ceremony of Remembrance at the Veterans' Memorial on Remembrance Day, November 11. Contact Info These activities complement other recent McGuinty government veterans' tributes such as dedicating a stretch of Highway 401 as "Highway of Heroes" in September 2007, and the inauguration of the Veterans' Memorial at Queen's Park in September 2006. "As time passes, it is increasingly important for younger generations to know about the history and achievements of our veterans," said Minister of Transportation Jim Bradley. "The veteran licence plates are a year-round reminder of our debt to these men and women for their brave service." More than 1.5 million Canadians served in the two world wars and in the Korean War, and more than 110,000 gave their lives for their country. There are more than 80,000 Second World War and Korean War veterans currently living in Ontario. Veterans' Week runs from November 5 through to Remembrance Day, November 11. Throughout the week, commemorative events and activities will be held in communities across Ontario - from ceremonies at war memorials to school assemblies, services in places of worship and appreciation lunches and dinners at Royal Canadian Legion branches. "Strong and vital communities are the legacy of those who fought so bravely to preserve the freedoms we enjoy today," Carroll said. "This week we are remembering, honouring, thanking veterans and those on the home front, and celebrating their contributions to our freedom. Let us never forget." More information about Veterans' Week can be obtained at the Ontario government's website, www.Ontario.ca/veterans Disponible en français www.ontarioseniors.ca www.personnesageesdelontario.ca Backgrounder ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ontario HONOURS Veterans Ontario has a variety of events and services to recognize the contributions of veterans and all of those who have served in times of war and peace. The Veterans' Memorial The Veterans' Memorial on the front lawn of Queen's Park honours Canada's men and women who served their country in times of war and peace. The Memorial was dedicated at a formal unveiling ceremony on September 17, 2006, and was the site of an inaugural Ceremony of Remembrance on November 11, 2006. Each year, a Ceremony of Remembrance will be held at the Veterans' Memorial on November 11. Ceremonies of Remembrance Ceremonies of Remembrance are held annually at Queen's Park to commemorate D-Day, the Battle of Vimy Ridge, Remembrance Day and other important military milestones. The government also hosts a Tribute to the Fallen Ceremony annually to honour soldiers who died in the line of duty in the past year. Highway of Heroes The Ontario government has formally dedicated a section of Highway 401 as the Highway of Heroes to commemorate the bravery and sacrifice of Canadian soldiers. Highway of Heroes signs have been installed along the route, honouring Canadian soldiers who have made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty. This dedication pays tribute to the solemn journey fallen soldiers take once they return to Canada and are formally transported from Trenton to Toronto. Veterans' Commemorative Park Created in 1999 for the International Year of Older Persons, the Veterans' Commemorative Park is a visual reminder of the contributions made by Ontario's veterans. This legacy project was a collaborative effort between the Ontario Seniors' Secretariat, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and the Royal Canadian Legion, Ontario Command District G. The park is located on Highway 416, the Veterans Memorial Highway, just outside of Kemptville, Ontario, and features a monument and gardens used for local Remembrance Day ceremonies and other Legion activities. Veteran Graphic License Plates Since November 2003, the Ministry of Transportation has issued 27,000 veteran graphic plates free to veterans certified by its partner, the Royal Canadian Legion, Ontario Command. The license plates feature a red poppy, recognized internationally as a "symbol of collective reminiscence" and adopted by the Royal Canadian Legion as its Flower of Remembrance in 1921. The Soldiers Aid Commission The commission is an arms-length organization of the provincial government. The commission is one source of financial assistance for veterans in need who fought in the world wars and Korean War, and their surviving dependents living in Ontario. Services for Senior Veterans Ontario Senior Secretariat's website provides an overview of the programs and services provided to Ontario's older veterans. Services for Senior Veterans can be found in English at www.ontarioseniors.ca or in French at www.personnesageesdelontario.ca. The Memory Project The Memory Project is an educational program of the Dominion Institute that connects veterans and students, online and in classrooms, and includes an extensive digital archive of text, images and audio resources. The project received Ontario government support for its activity across the province and is promoted by the Ontario Seniors' Secretariat. More information can be found at www.thememoryproject.com. Continuing Care Research Project A partnership between the Ontario government through the Ontario Seniors' Secretariat, Veterans Affairs Canada and seniors' organizations, the Continuing Care Research Project investigates ways to improve support services to veterans, seniors and their families. Disponible en français www.ontarioseniors.ca www.personnesageesdelontario.ca For further information: Sandra Nicholson, Communications Branch, (416) 314-7242 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Sandra Nicholson, Communications Branch, (416) 314-7242