The Canadian soldiers who refused to fight
| TORONTO, ONTARIO-- (CCNMatthews - Aug. 20, 2005) - The Minister of Veterans Affairs, the Honourable Albina Guarnieri, joined thousands of spectators to mark the 84th anniversary of the Warriors' Day Parade and recognize the efforts of all service men and women.|
The Warriors' Day Parade, held annually on the first Saturday of the Canadian National Exhibition, is the oldest continuous military parade of its type, with approximately 2,500 participants and over 10,000 spectators. Initially held to recognize the importance of allocating a specific day to pay tribute to Veterans of the Great War of 1914-1918, the parade has evolved to pay tribute to all service men and women.
"A public display of the sacrifices made for peace and freedom, the Warriors' Day Parade serves as a special reminder of the valour of many Canadians, and is a real testament to Canada's military history," said Minister Guarnieri. "I was especially pleased to see so many people out at the parade, during the Year of the Veteran, to collectively remember Canada's heroes, retell Canada's history and inspire Canada's youth."
This year's parade featured cadets, and, in honour of the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, all allied military Veterans of the war. For more information on this event, or to find out more about Canada's efforts to honour those who served for our nation in Canada's military history, visit www.vac-acc.gc.ca.
2005 is the Year of the Veteran: Celebrate. Honour. Remember. Teach. Thank.