November, 2006 News
(This news feature is divided into topics of Genealogy, Heritage, and History)
Bonus Feature - Website Pick of the Month!
1931, Parliament amended the Armistice Day Act, stating that
Remembrance Day should be named as such, and be observed on November 11.
| Remembering Our Troops Overseas
This year, it is especially important to remember
and pay homage to the Canadian men and women who are in Afghanistan
fighting on behalf of the country of Canada, for the 43 who have lost
their lives, and for the hundred or so who have been wounded.
November 5 to 11 - Remembrance Week
(Ottawa) From November 5th to the 11th, the Government of Canada is
pleased to mark Veterans' Week 2006 with events and activities across
With this year's theme, "Share the Story", Canadians
will be more encouraged to learn about Canada's Veterans, to reflect on
the service and the sacrifice of any Veterans, and to share their
thought on remembrance with their peers and families.
"I am confident that Veterans' Week 2006 will offer
Canadians the chance to meet many of our Veterans, to learn from their
stories and to ensure that their remarkable legacy of courage and
valour continue to inspire future generations," said the Honourable
Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs.
Communities across the country will take part in
events to mark Veterans' Week. There will be special candlelight
tributes, musical concerts, exhibits, and the Remembrance Day ceremony
at the National War Memorial on November 11th.
men and women have been chosen to be honoured for their heroism during
five periods of conflict and resolution which marked Canada from the
17th century European colony to a 20th century North American nation.
The men and women — which are made up of life-sized statues of Joseph
Brant, Laura Secord, Lt. Col. Charles-Michel d'Irumberry de Salaberry,
Pierre le Moyne d'Iberville, and Gen. Currie — and of life-sized busts of Louis
De Buade, Lt. Col. John Butler, Gen. Issac Brock, Georgina Pope, Cpl.
Joseph Kaeble, Capt. John Wallace Thomas, Maj. Paul Triquet, Lieut.
Hampton Gray and Pilot Officer Andrew Mynarski.
The memorial was dedicated on November 5th. It is located at
Confederation Square on Elgin and Laurier Streets, near the Sappers
The government of Canada said that it was dedicated as part of
Remembrance Week the status and busts "that honours the role that
military participation had on building our great nation."
The website <http://www.valiants.ca/english.html> features biographical information about the men and women.
LAC Opens New Research Areas
and Archives Canada is now open as the research areas on the second and
third floors of the building at 395 Wellington St., Ottawa have now
been renovated to better serve the public. The Canadian Genealogy
Centre will be redone to provide a physical home to it, the microfiche
room will be enlarged, and since the archive and library have been
combined, they will now be physically combined on the second floor.
If you wish to call, please phone 613.996.5115 or
1.866.578.7777 (toll-free number in Canada and the United States) or
visit them online at <http://www.collectionscanada.ca/index-e.html>.
Website Pick of the Month!
Canadian Peacekeeper Websites
are two sites this month <http://www.peacekeeper.ca> and
<http://www.cpva.ca/contact.html> which commemorate those who have served and
continue to serve as Canadian Peacekeepers.
The year 2006 is the 50th year anniversary of the United Nation
(UN) Peacekeeping Force, and Canada is the only country who has sent
troops since it inception in 1946. The force was a pioneering approach
to diffusing conflicts be sending in neutral forces to monitor peace in
regions of the world in turmoil. More than 150,000 Canadians have
served as Peacekeepers.
The Suez Canal Crisis in 1956 consisted of a stand-off between Egypt
on one side and Israel, Britain, and France on the other. The UN sent
peacekeeping forces into Egypt to enforce a ceasefire and oversee the
pullout of foreign forces.
This year recognizes the contributions of the men and women of the
Canadian forces who have served around the world in the cause of peace
and freedom over the past 50 years.
The first website gives the peacekeepers stories and their biographies, and the
second website has a Roll of Honour and How to Become a Member.
The Canadian Peacekeeping Veterans Association
address is: P.O. Box 905, Kingston, ON K7L 4X8. Tel: 250.478.2881.
2002-2006 by GenealogyCanada.com