Canada’s military men and women have accomplished and sacrificed so much, and they have inspired pride across this country. Canada owes a debt of gratitude to the men and women who have served in uniform, for the peace and freedom we enjoy today.
On behalf of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada and Associate Minister of National Defence, the public is invited to an Open House in the atrium of the Daniel J. MacDonald Building after the Remembrance Day ceremony held at the Charlottetown Cenotaph.
Veterans Affairs Canada Assistant Deputy Minister Michel Doiron and Mayor Brian Bowman joined residents, youth and Veterans to announce the completion of the newly restored Vimy Ridge Memorial Park monument and plaza in Winnipeg.
Engaging Canadian youth in the act of remembrance is fundamental to ensuring that the legacy of our service members who have selflessly fought to defend peace and democracy around the world lives on for generations to come.
The Battle of Vimy Ridge proved to be a great triumph, but it came at a heavy cost. It was 100 years ago that the 100,000 Canadians who served there suffered more than 10,600 casualties, nearly 3,600 of which were fatal. In April of this year, Canadians and allies alike, took time to remember this never forgotten story of perseverance, heroism and strength. The Government of Canada remembers and honours the legacy of generations of Canadians who have served our country.