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Public invited to events to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Valenciennes and honour Victoria Cross recipient Sergeant Hugh Cairns

Post by Bruce72 on Thu 01 Nov 2018, 10:55 am

Public invited to events to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Valenciennes and honour Victoria Cross recipient Sergeant Hugh Cairns

SASKATOON, Nov. 1, 2018 /CNW/ - Veterans Affairs Canada invites you to a ceremony in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Valenciennes and to commemorate Canada's last Victoria Cross recipient of the Hundred Days Offensive, Sergeant Hugh Cairns, V.C.

On the 100th anniversary of his death, we will honour Hugh Cairns with a commemorative event at the Sergeant Hugh Cairns V.C. Monument at Kinsmen Park. The event will include a wreath-laying ceremony with descendants of Hugh Cairns, dignitaries, school children, as well as 2019 Invictus Games athlete, Michael Richards.

Following the ceremony, an assembly will be held at the Hugh Cairns V.C. School where a traditional offering will be made by the Vincent Massey School (Indigenous) Drum Group as well as a musical performance from the school choir and speeches by students. Guests can also visit exhibits featuring displays by Canadian Armed Forces personnel, Veterans, and Veterans Affairs Canada.

Join the conversation on social media using the hashtags #CanadaRemembers and #Canadas100days, or visit veterans.gc.ca/100days.

Location:

Commemorative ceremony:
Sergeant Hugh Cairns V.C. Monument
Kinsmen Park
619 25 Street East, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan



Time:

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. CST




Reception:
Hugh Cairns V.C. School
2621 Cairns Avenue, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan



Time:

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. CST



Date:

Friday, November 2, 2018

As well as the 100th anniversary of Canada's Hundred Days and the Armistice, 2018 marks the 65th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice, the 10th anniversary of National Peacekeepers' Day, and the 75th anniversary of the invasion of Sicily and the beginning of the Italian Campaign in the Second World War.

SOURCE Veterans Affairs Canada

For further information: Media Relations, Veterans Affairs Canada, 613-992-7468, vac.media-medias.acc@vac-acc.gc.ca; Alex Wellstead, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs, Alex.Wellstead@canada.ca

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