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(Toronto, ON, VL Press 09.01.2022) In 2010 Victorious Legacy launched the first Remembrance Day ceremony in honour of coloured veterans. Receiving recognition from the former Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper and former Minister of Defense, Peter MacKay, for the inaugural event. With support from Legacy Voices, community trailblazers, politicians and citizens.
In 2017, the BVA held the first gala and summit at the Toronto Plaza Hotel with a mission to erect a monument and memorial wall in honour of veterans who fought to fight.
This year, the theme is to acknowledge Veterans of Colour worldwide for the International Decade for People of African Descent and the Common Wealth nations with a monument and memorial wall or garden to be held on November 10th, 2022.
August 31, 2022 marked the International Day for People of African Descent, celebrated for the first time. “Through this observance, the United Nations aims to promote the extraordinary contributions of the African diaspora around the world and to eliminate all forms of discrimination against people of African descent,” said the UN Secretary-General, in his message to mark the Day. Noting that “millions of people of African descent [around the world] are still subject to racism and deeply entrenched and systemic racial discrimination.” This must stop.
The UN Ghana commends the Government of Ghana for the Beyond the Return initiative, a 10-year project under the theme, “A Decade of African Renaissance -2020-2030” and will be built on 7 pillars to provide a platform for engagements among the people of African descent, wherever they may currently be living.
“It’s time we get that wall for our veterans who fought for freedom, land, Queen and country among the Commonwealth nations,” says Kerry Ann Thomas founder of Black Veteran Affairs. In addition to the event, there is a special competition calling on creative minds to help with a name change for Black Veteran Affairs to restore dignity and pride to a nation of people whose identity is temporarily erased due to racism towards people of African descent.
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