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November 11, 2014    Québec City, Québec     Public Safety Canada

The Honourable Steven Blaney, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Member of Parliament for Lévis - Bellechasse and les Etchemins today joined local Québec veterans, community members, and youth at a Remembrance Day ceremony honouring the courageous veterans of Canada.

Today’s ceremony builds upon the important milestones marked by the Government of Canada this year, including the centenary of the beginning of the First World War, the 75th anniversary of Canada’s engagement in the Second World War, and the end of Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan. Between now and 2020, the Government of Canada will commemorate the milestone anniversaries of Canada’s many accomplishments and sacrifices during the two World Wars.

Quick Facts

  • Since Confederation, more than 2.3 million Canadians have served in Canada’s armed forces to defend freedom, democracy, and the rule of law - with more than 118,000 having given their lives.
  • During the month of November, Canadians come together to honour those who have sacrificed to make our world a safer place. Learn more at veterans.gc.ca/iremember.
  • Since 2006, our Government of Canada has invested $4.7 billion in new funding to improve the benefits and services provided to Canada’s Veterans and their families.

Quotes

“Today we pause to remember and honour our heroes - the brave men and women who gave their life to defend our Canadian values of freedom and democracy. We must never forget the sacrifices they made to serve and protect their fellow Canadians. We also take this opportunity to recognize our military, police officers, first responders and all those who, every day, leave the security of their home and family to ensure we are all safe in our communities. Canadians owe them all a debt of gratitude for their courage, selflessness and service to our country.”

-       The Honourable Steven Blaney, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Member of Parliament for Lévis – Bellechasse and les Etchemins

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