Operation Veteran welcomes 200 students to Ottawa and to the Canadian War Museum for Remembrance Day

November 9, 2018

For immediate release

Ottawa, Ontario, November 9, 2018 — Representing 22 schools across Canada, 200 students and teachers who have raised money for the Canadian War Museum’s Operation Veteran program are coming to Ottawa for a special Remembrance Day visit. On the morning of November 11, the students will meet Operation Veteran founder Dr. Paul Kavanagh at the Fairmont Château Laurier hotel, visit the National War Memorial to pay their respects, and then tour the War Museum and meet with veterans.

The funds raised through Operation Veteran allow the Museum to offer complimentary meals to all Canadian veterans visiting the Museum, while increasing young peoples’ awareness of our country’s military history and strengthening their appreciation for veterans. To date, the Museum has provided more than 15,000 complimentary meals and has engaged with thousands of students in every province and territory.

“We are proud of the role we play in building bridges between generations, through positive programs that actively engage students and honour veterans,” said Mark O’Neill, President and CEO of the Canadian War Museum and the Canadian Museum of History. “The enduring interest in Operation Veteran is a testament to the respect that Canadians of all ages continue to hold for those who have served their country.”

“Operation Veteran is an important program that engages new generations in their military history,” said Paul Kavanagh. “I am so pleased to continue to support this program and to see how it has grown since 2009.”

In addition to bringing students to Ottawa and to the War Museum, Operation Veteran continues to support Supply Line, an initiative that lends First World War Discovery Boxes to schools across Canada, free of charge. These learning kits, developed by the Museum, contain authentic and reproduction artifacts related to Canadian military history, along with other resources teachers can use to lead engaging hands-on activities and lessons.

Supply Line has become the most successful educational program in the Museum’s history, with more than 1,400 loans since the program was launched in 2014. Teachers can request a kit through warmuseum.ca/supplyline.

For more information on Operation Veteran, visit warmuseum.ca/ov.

The Canadian War Museum is Canada’s national museum of military history. Its mission is to promote public understanding of Canada’s military history in its personal, national and international dimensions. Work of the Canadian War Museum is made possible in part through financial support of the Government of Canada.



Media contacts:

Josée Prevost
Senior Communications and Media Relations Officer
Canadian War Museum
Telephone: 819-776-8687
Email: josee.prevost@warmuseum.ca

Avra Gibbs Lamey
Acting Manager, Public Affairs
Canadian War Museum
Telephone: 819-776-8607
Email: avra.gibbs-lamey@warmuseum.ca