TORONTO, Nov. 10, 2011 - Canadian soldiers and soldiers from other countries killed during the First World War will be honoured through an important commemoration project, thanks to support from the Government of Canada. This was announced today by Bernard Trottier, Member of Parliament (Etobicoke-Lakeshore), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
The International Churchill Society Canada will receive funding to develop the Canadian component of an international commemoration project. The World Remembers Centennial Project aims to mark the centennial of the First World War (1914-1918) and to honour the fallen by projecting each of their names onto monuments or buildings in Ottawa and other Canadian cities.
"Our Government is proud to honour those who fought for Canada during the First World War and paid the ultimate sacrifice," said Minister Moore. "Commemorations like this immortalize their heroic service, and honouring them is an essential part of our history."
"It is important to recognize the achievements and sacrifices our soldiers made and to honour their contribution to our country," said MP Trottier. "Powerful projects like this one give us an opportunity to reflect upon and remember the great debt we owe to our nation's truest heroes."
"The International Churchill Society is extremely grateful for the support of the Government of Canada," said Terrence Reardon, Vice Chairman of the Society. "The contribution to The World Remembers Centennial Project will give Canadians an opportunity to gain a deeper appreciation for those who have served and those who continue to serve Canada in times of war, military conflict, and peace."
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $31,430 through the Commemorate Canada component of the Department of Canadian Heritage's Celebration and Commemoration Program. This component provides financial support to initiatives of national significance that commemorate various aspects of Canadian history.