Premier John Hamm announced today, March 6, the appointment ofCecil Clarke as Minister responsible for the Year of the Veteranin Nova Scotia. “Mr. Clarke has a personal interest in paying tribute to the menand women who surrendered their own safety to ensure the safetyof others,” said Premier Hamm. “Like many Nova Scotians, his lategrandfather was a veteran who served in the Netherlands with theCape Breton Highlanders during the Second World War. Mr. Clarkeis aware of the challenges faced by our veterans and the value ofeducating our children on a past that should not be forgotten.” Mr. Clarke is an active supporter of community developmentinitiatives and has a keen interest in veterans affairs. Thisappointment will be an opportunity for Mr. Clarke to engage NovaScotians in a year of remembrance. “It is important that we take this opportunity to salute ourveterans and to remind ourselves of their sacrifices in serviceto our country,” said Mr. Clarke. “Throughout the year, NovaScotians will celebrate, commemorate, honour and realize thesignificance of remembrance. I am honoured by this appointment.” Recently, Mr. Clarke met with Albina Guarnieri, federal Ministerof Veterans Affairs. Ms. Guarnieri expressed interest in meetinglocal veterans and will visit the province in the near future. Nova Scotia is developing a program of activities focussed on theYear of the Veteran and Mr. Clarke will work the Nova Scotiastanding committee on veterans affairs to encourage Nova Scotiansto make the act of remembrance more than a one-day event. The government of Canada declared 2005 the Year of the Veteran tocommemorate the contributions and sacrifices of Canada’sveterans. This year is the 60th anniversary of the end of theSecond World War.