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Post by Xenophon on Fri 08 Mar 2019, 1:47 pm

Ministers of Veterans Affairs and National Defence mark International Women's Day

Veterans Affairs Canada
Mar 08, 2019

OTTAWA, March 8, 2019 /CNW/ - The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, and the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement today to mark International Women's Day:

"International Women's Day is an opportunity for all Canadians to honour the outstanding contributions of women to our country. It is a global day of recognition of women's achievements, past and present, and a call to action to advance gender equality.

Women have played a significant role in the defence of peace and freedom, both in Canada and abroad, for well over 100 years. They have risked their lives while serving in uniform, and in an evolving array of duties, from acting as Nursing Sisters in the First World War to roles as mechanics, parachute riggers, and heavy equipment operators during the Second World War. Women also contributed on the home front during the war years in new ways, as shipbuilders, munitions workers, and scientists. Today, women serve with distinction, as civilians and in uniform, in all occupations within the Defence Team. While we have taken significant steps toward gender equality, we know that much more work needs to be done.

"We are focused on increasing the number of women in our military and in all aspects of security and defence, and we will continue to place gender equality and rights, and the empowerment of women at the center of our work. Today, we thank all women of our Canadian Armed Forces, and all those who came before them, and celebrate the courage and commitment they demonstrate time and time again in service to our country.


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Post by Accer on Tue 09 Apr 2019, 10:45 am

Statement - Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of National Defence mark Vimy Ridge Day


Veterans Affairs Canada
Apr 09, 2019, 08:47 ET

OTTAWA, April 9, 2019 /CNW/ - The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, and the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement to commemorate Vimy Ridge Day:

"More than a century ago today, during the First World War, the Canadian Corps advanced on the German defensive positions on Vimy Ridge in northern France.

"The Canadian assault began early on Easter Monday, April 9, 1917, with the first wave of Canadians advancing behind a creeping barrage. While this artillery tactic provided some cover, our soldiers were still exposed to enemy machine gun fire.

"Fierce fighting ensued. The next day, the Canadian Corps captured the ridge's main high point referred to as Hill 145. On April 12, 1917, they captured a secondary height known as "the Pimple" to end the fighting at Vimy and force a German retreat.

"The cost of victory was steep. Of the roughly 100,000 Canadians who served at Vimy Ridge, more than 10,600 were casualties by the end of the battle, including almost 3,600 who lost their lives.

"After the war, a grateful France granted Canada the land where the Canadian National Vimy Memorial now stands. Engraved on the memorial are the names of 11,285 Canadian soldiers listed as "missing, presumed dead" in France during the First World War and whose final resting place is unknown.

"The bravery and sacrifice demonstrated by Canadian soldiers during the Battle of Vimy Ridge resulted in one of the most impressive Allied victories of the entire First World War. Under these tragic circumstances, Canada's international recognition as an independent country of our own was enhanced, and helped earn our nation its own signature on the Treaty of Versailles in 1919. The courageous actions of Canadians in uniform during the great conflicts of the first half of the 20th century, and those of our Canadian Armed Forces members in more recent years, have helped ensure that peace and freedom remain pillars of Canadian society.

"Lest we forget."

SOURCE Veterans Affairs Canada


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