Ride for the Fallen at the Derek Doubleday Arboretum in Langley



Throughout our history, Canada’s Armed Forces have represented and served our country with great distinction – safeguarding our security, and protecting our values and freedoms.
Our government has immense respect for the men and women who have made sacrifices and those who continue to sacrifice in service of our country. We have been working hard to provide our Veterans and their families with the care and support they need.

Since taking office, our government spent almost 30 billion dollars on benefits and services we provide to our Veterans and their families; that includes $5 billion in new funding for Veterans programs. Annual expenditures at Veterans Affairs increased from $2.7 billion under the previous government to $3.5 billion last year.

We’ve also:

  • launched a service excellence plan for Veterans;
  • announced a plan to enhance support for the most seriously injured Veterans;
  • proposed a new Family Caregiver Relief Benefit;
  • increased support through the enhanced New Veterans Charter;
  • doubled the Veterans Funeral and Burial program;
  • improved access to benefits by cutting red tape;
  • taken steps to better address mental health challenges; and,
  • introduced measures like the Helmets to Hardhats program to help Veterans transition to civilian life.

Our Conservative Government is committed to giving Canada’s Veterans quality services and programs, to provide them with the support and recognition that they deserve.

Below you will find links to some of the very important services that our government is providing for Veterans, as well as information on how we are honouring and serving our Veterans in Langley. For more information on Veterans Affairs Canada, please go to Veterans.gc.ca

Veterans Canada Services

  • Financial Support
  • Mental Health Services for Veterans
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Treatment Benefits
  • Disability Benefits
  • Homelessness
  • Long Term Care
  • Group Health Insurance
  • Veterans Independence Program
  • Transitioning to Civilian Life
  • Hiring Veterans in the Government of Canada
  • Funeral and Burial Assistance

Service Canada Centre in Walnut Grove:

102 – 8747 204 Street Langley, BC V1M 2Y5

Ph: +1 800-622-6232

Website: servicecanada.gc.ca

Honouring and Serving Veterans in Langley

MP Laurie Hawn delivers a presentation on Veterans Affairs at the Aldergrove Legion

April 7, 2015

On April 7, 2015, I joined Laurie Hawn, Member of Parliament and former Royal Canadian Air Force Lieutenant-Colonel, as he delivered a presentation on Veterans Affairs at the Aldergrove Legion.

Remembrance 2014

November 11, 2014

To view the webpage dedicated to honour our Veterans during Veterans Week and Remembrance Day, please click here.

Honour House

October 16, 2014

Last fall, I had the privilege of taking a tour of Honour House in New Westminster. I was very impressed by the work being done to support our men and women in uniform and their families. I encourage you to visit their website to learn more about the important work taking place at this organization.

National Day of Honour

May 9, 2014prevnext

On May 9, 2014, I joined Langley residents in commemorating our soldiers who served in Canada’s mission in Afghanistan by participating in two National Day of Honour ceremonies. These events took place at the Walk to Remember memorial at the Derek Doubleday Aboretum and at the Douglas Park cenotaph at Langley City.

The National Day of Honour gave all Canadians the opportunity to salute the fallen, honour serving members and veterans, celebrate the strength of Canada’s remarkable military families, and give tribute to all who participated in Canada’s 12-year mission in Afghanistan.

Our men and women in uniform represent the very best our country has to offer. Over the last 12 years the brave men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces fought and served this country valiantly in Afghanistan to defeat terrorism, and to promote security and development so that Afghans can build a viable, stable, and secure country. Canadians are forever proud and grateful. May we never forget their brave and selfless service.

Click here to read more.

Related Links:

  • Update: Two ceremonies honour contributions and sacrifices of Canadian troops in Afghanistan (Langley Times) – May 9, 2014
  • National Day of Honour ceremony at the Walk To Remember, Langley BC (Video) – May 9, 2014

Commemorative Gift

October 7, 2013

On Oct 7, 2013, I had the honour to present a commemorative gift to the Township of Langley Council. The gift, which was an inscribed wooden chest, was built to contain a special Canadian flag to be flown twice each year in the Township. This chest was designed to preserve the flag that celebrates our country’s birth, and commemorates our fallen soldiers.

The Canadian flag, which is now preserved in the wooden chest for most of the year, once flew at the top of the Peace Tower in Ottawa. The waiting period to receive such a flag is now 54 years.

The Canadian flag was first officially presented to the Township of Langley to commemorate Canadians killed in Afghanistan at the opening of the Derek Doubleday Arboretum on November 11, 2012. Since then, the flag is to be flown annually on Remembrance and on Canada Day at the Derek Doubleday Arboretum.

Click here to read more.

Warawa to Remember Cenotaph at Derek Doubleday Arboretum in Langley

November 11, 2012

From left, Township Mayor Jack Froese, Elizabeth and Michael Pratt, and MP Mark Warawa unveiled a model of a new cenotaph. Photograph By Matthew Claxton

The memorials we build today will forever reflect our nation’s gratitude to the generations of Canadians who served and sacrificed so that we could live in peace and freedom.

On November, 11, 2012, I joined Township of Langley Mayor Jack Froese and Elizabeth and Michael Pratt to unveil a new cenotaph at the Derek Doubleday Arboretum.

The proposal for the cenotaph came from Elizabeth and Michael Pratt, two Langley youths who sought to commemorate Canadians killed in Afghanistan. The Township of Langley constructed the cenotaph and supplied the land for the Arboretum, while the Federal Government provided up to $50,000 in support for the project through the Community War Memorial Program.

The project consists of a grove of trees planted in commemoration of the lives of the Canadian soldiers lost in Afghanistan. A series of walking paths lead to a new cenotaph that has be erected in the memorial grove. The cenotaph itself is a conical steel structure symbolizing a tree whose life has been cut short. A stainless steel ribbon, bearing the names and dates of the fallen, enwraps the structure.

Related Links:

  • Mark Warawa helps unveil Walk To Remember Cenotaph in Langley (Video) – November 14, 2012
  • Mark Warawa Speaks at Cenotaph Dedication (Video) – November 14, 2012
  • Langley MP Mark Warawa with Michael and Elizabeth Pratt (Video) – May 28, 2012
  • Member of Parliament Mark Warawa Announces Funding for New War Memorial in the Township of Langley
  • Mark Warawa Announces funding for the Langley City Cenotaph under the Community War Memorial Program, Nov 7, 2011.

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