Mr. Speaker, sadly and tragically, the World War II generation is passing. The average age of a second world war veteran is 86.
I am proud to announce that our government will provide the necessary new funds to thememoryproject.com to create a permanent electronic database of first-hand stories of World War II veterans.
Working with veterans' associations across Canada, we will meet veterans where they live and record forever their stories of sacrifice and courage, gallantry and struggle, triumph and tragedy: their words, their stories, our history, available forever online for generations of Canadians to witness.
We are acting now to collect these memories while we can, because we must never forget.