MP Anderson pays tribute to Canada’s Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice
November 11, 2014 – SWIFT CURRENT, SK – David Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills-Grasslands, today joined local Veterans, community leaders, and youth at a Remembrance Day ceremony honouring Canada’s brave men and women.
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.
On September 10, 2014, the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, announced a new national tribute to mark the 75th anniversary of Canada’s engagement in the Second World War. As part of Canada’s World Wars Commemoration period, all living Canadian Veterans of the Second World War are eligible to receive a limited-edition commemorative lapel pin and a certificate of recognition.
MP Anderson recognized Canadian Veterans of the Second World War at the Swift Current Royal Canadian Legion #56. Among their family, friends and community, local Second World War Veterans were presented with a commemorative lapel pin and certificate of recognition in honour of the extraordinary role Canadians played in the Allied victory.
“This year’s ceremony marks many important milestones including the centenary of the beginning of the First World, the 75th anniversary of Canada’s engagement in the Second World War, the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, and the end of Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan,” commented Anderson.
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Canadians who served at least one day with Canadian forces, or with any other Allied force including the Canadian or British Merchant Navy, either at home or abroad, during the Second World War, are eligible to apply for the commemorative lapel pin and certificate. Request forms are available online at veterans.gc.ca, and by calling Veterans Affairs Canada at 1-866-522-2122.
Anderson also took part in Remembrance Day ceremonies in Shaunavon, where he had the honour of laying the wreath on behalf of the Federal Government.
- With a population of some 11 million in 1939, Canada’s contribution to the Second World War was disproportionately large. From 1939 to 1945, more than one million Canadians and Newfoundlanders served, with more than 55,000 wounded and over 45,000 giving their lives.
- It is estimated that there are approximately 80,000 Canadian Second World War Veterans alive today.
- The design of the commemorative pin and the illustration on the certificate are based on the original “Victory Nickel” which features a flaming torch and a large ‘V’ standing both for victory and the coin’s denomination. The coin was originally in circulation from 1943 to 1945 and was re-issued in 2005 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.
- Ceremonies are being held in conjunction with Canada’s World Wars Commemoration period, which was launched in August 2014 to mark the Centennial of the First World War. Between now and 2020, the Government of Canada will organize and support events and initiatives that pay homage to the many Canadians and Newfoundlanders who served during the World Wars, and will recognize the enduring legacy of these historical events.
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For more information, please contact the offices of David Anderson, MP:
Ottawa: (613) 992-0657
Saskatchewan: (306) 778-4480