|Federal Government and CFL Honour Vets|
November 14, 2010 -- The Canadian Football League and football fans will pay tribute to Canada's Veterans during the two Grey Cup semi-final playoff games in Hamilton, Ontario and Regina, Saskatchewan on Sunday, November 14, 2010.
"These Veterans' Tributes offer Canadians in the stands and those watching on television the opportunity to make remembrance more than something they feel, but something they do," said the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture). "The Government of Canada firmly supports Canadian Forces members, Veterans and their families by providing care for all injured and ill CF members once they return home. We are proud to join with the Canadian Football League in honouring the sacrifices and the achievements of the men and women who have always been there for Canada."
"For our league, our teams and our fans, it's an honour to play a role in remembering all of the men and women who have so valiantly served our country," said Mark Cohon, Commissioner of the Canadian Football League. "We often say that the CFL and the Grey Cup bring our country together, but the country we know and love wouldn't exist if our Veterans hadn't come together on its behalf. We all share a solemn obligation to honour their commitment to duty and their sacrifice."
Through the Community Engagement Partnership Fund, Veterans Affairs Canada will provide funding to the Canadian Football League 2010 Veterans' Tribute for commemorative initiatives including activities during the Eastern and Western semi-final playoffs games. The Tribute includes the recently announced Jake Gaudaur Veterans Award, national broadcasts and in-stadium activities commemorating the achievements and sacrifices of Canadian Veterans during times of war, military conflict and peace.
The semi-final games will feature pre-game tributes and the placement of special commemorative markings on both football fields and the helmet of each player. The audience will participate in a short ceremony that will include a moment of silence in respect for Veterans and those still serving. Member of Parliament, David Sweet will perform the ceremonial coin toss at the eastern semi-final game in Hamilton, while Member of Parliament Tom Lukiwski, will toss the coin at the western semi-final game in Regina.
The Community Engagement Partnership Fund is administered by Veterans Affairs Canada. Contributions are made throughout the year and encompass both national and community-based projects.
(Unfortunately the Ti-Cats lost a heartbreaker of a game. Congratulations on a solid season and best of luck next year!)