OTTAWA—November 7, 2012—The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister for Veterans Affairs, joined students at Westboro Academy today for a special Remembrance Day ceremony featuring Memory Project speaker Christopher Drouin, an Afghanistan veteran. Mr. Drouin was invited to share his experience of service and sacrifice with students, who in turn offered a tribute to servicemen and women with recitations of the poems “In Flanders Field” and “Please Wear a Poppy”.
"Canada's Veterans are the pride of our Nation. That's why we must ensure that their sacrifices must never be forgotten,” said Minister Blaney. “By passing the torch of Remembrance onto younger generations, we are making sure Canadians will always remember their sacrifices."
Christopher Drouin is one of more than 1,500 volunteers who make up The Memory Project Speakers Bureau, an initiative of The Historica-Dominion Institute that facilitates dialogue between Veterans and currently-serving Canadian Armed Forces personnel and students. This November, Project volunteers will make more than 800 visits across Canada as part of Remembrance activities.
“The experiences of men and women who serve our country are an essential part of our shared story,” said Anthony Wilson-Smith, President of The Historica-Dominion Institute. "The Memory Project brings these stories to life in classrooms across the country through the men and women who lived them."
The Memory Project Speakers Bureau is a national, bilingual programme that reaches over 170,000 Canadians through 1000 speaking engagements each year. It is made possible with support from the Government of Canada through the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The Historica-Dominion Institute is the largest charitable organization dedicated to Canadian history, identity, and citizenship. Its mandate is to build active and informed citizens through a greater knowledge and appreciation of the history, heritage and stories of Canada. Discover the Institute at www.historica-dominion.ca.
For more information:
Davida Aronovitch, Communications Manager
The Historica-Dominion Institute
1.866.701.153, Mobile: 416-460-3284
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs