By Mélodie Gratton, National Veterans’ Week Speakers Program Coordinator –
Did you know that every year the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and Department of National Defence (DND) supports Veterans’ Week activities with the National Veterans’ Week Speakers Program?
Once again this year, between 5-11 November 2019, as part of the National Veterans’ Week Speakers Program, CAF members will visit schools and community organizations across the country. They will highlight the important work CAF members are doing on behalf of Canadians and will pay tribute to all veterans, past and present, who have served their country.
Since mid-September 2019, schools and community organizations across the country have been submitting requests for a CAF speaker to participate in their Remembrance Day ceremonies. Last year, the program received an unprecedented number of requests — a little over 2,600 — and filled 2,322 of those requests, reaching 667,000 Canadians.
The theme of this year’s program is “Faces of Freedom” and will commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, the 75th anniversary of the Italian Campaign, the 70th anniversary of NATO, and the 5th anniversary of the end of the Canadian mission in Afghanistan.
If you are part of the public and would like to find out more on the Veterans’ week activities please visit the Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) Remembrance webpage.
If you are a CAF member and would like to know more specific details, (including the CDS Tasking Order) or how you can apply to speak at a community event, visit the Defence Team’s Veterans’ Week web page.
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