Celebrating Canadian Anniversaries in 2005

Charlottetown Celebrates 150 years

The City of Charlottetown in the province of Prince Edward Island will be celebrating its 150th anniversary of  it incorporation  on 27 April, 2005.

The city was named after Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III of England. The mayor, Clifford Lee, has set up a committee to review all suggestions, and has asked that they be forwarded to: The 150th Celebrations Committee, P.O. Box 98, Charlottetown, PE, C1A 7K2.

All events will be listed on the City of Charlottetown at <http://www.city.charlottetown.pe.ca>.

Alberta & Saskatchewan Celebrate their 100th Anniversaries

    2005 will mark the 100th anniversary of the entry of the provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta into Canada.
Alberta's website is <http://www.albertacentennial.ca/default.asp>.

    Saskatchewan's Centenary is called "100 Years of Heart" and the website is <http://www.saskatchewancentennial.com>.

    The Queen and Prince Philip will pay a visit to both provinces from May 17 to May 25, 2005.

Year of the Veteran - 60th Anniversary of the End of WWII

    The Honourable Albina Guarnieri, Minister of Veteran's Affairs, declared on 05 November, 2004 that 2005 will be dedicated to paying tribute to Canada's Veterans and the year will be known as "The Year of the Veteran." It will also mark the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.
    In a speech to veterans, the minister said that "2005 will be a very special year for our Veterans of wars of the last century and Canadian Forces Veterans. It is our neverending mission to thank Veterans who step out of ordinary times to do the extraordinary and give our nation and other nations an endowment of peace". Throughout "The Year of the Veteran", Canada will recognize the Veterans at the Second World War in Europe Day in May and in August to mark the Victory in the Pacific; the opening of the new Canadian War Museum in Ottawa; unveiling the Seventh Book of Remembrance at Parliament Hill which commemorates the Canadian Forces members killed in service since the Korean War; continuing the restoration work at the Vimy Memorial in France and helping Veteran's share their stories with youth.
    Smoky Smith and Cliff Chadderton will act as "Patron" and "Honouary Chair" of planning for the year and General Charles Belzile will chair an Advisory Committee.
    The page is "Canada Remembers" on the Veterans Affairs Canada website at <http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca>.

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