Lest We Forget: Veterans Minister Gives Thanks at Cenotaph Ceremony
Prince George, B.C. – Veterans, dignitaries and members of the public gathered at the Cenotaph this afternoon to mark the federal government’s plan to re-open the Veterans Affairs office in Prince George.
Wreaths were laid by Branch 43 of the Royal Canadian Legion, the City, MLA Shirley Bond and Canada’s Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr.
“I’ve lived in peace and security my entire life since I was born in 1969. And it’s because of men and women who have served in our military and who continue to serve from Vimy Ridge through Juno Beach.
“From the Korean conflict to our peacekeeping efforts to the Gulf War to our Afghanistan mission and what we do today in the Middle East. I really owe a debt of gratitude to these men and women to remember the sacrifice of not only individuals and family members but also the sacrifice of the nation,” said Hehr.
Also on hand at the ceremony was Conservative Cariboo-Prince George MP Todd Doherty. His government was responsible for closing the office and eight others across the country in 2012.
But Doherty said that decision was made before he entered politics and supports the decision to re-open it now.
“I think that every government or every organization sets out with the best intentions. I think there was a plan in place on how to offer better service and better care,” he said.
“But perhaps that wasn’t communicated and it’s not for me to second guess or speculate on that. All I can talk about is from the first meetings I had in January of last year to beyond after being elected, it’s something that was needed.
“I support it, it’s a great announcement. Today is a great day.”