Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

October 25, 2007 15:54 ET

Government of Canada Announces Funding for Cenotaph and Memorial Restoration

CHAMBLY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 25, 2007) - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, announced today, on behalf of the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, a contribution of up to $3,000 to The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #34. The funds, provided through Veterans Affairs Canada equals s Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program, will be used to help preserve the memory of those who served.

"Canada has a strong military history of which we are very proud," said Minister Thompson. "Supporting these memorials is one way that our government is ensuring that our Veterans are remembered in communities across the country."

Community members have long used the monument in front of Fort Chambly as a gathering place for commemorative ceremonies. Until now, however, the monument has not specifically referenced military conflicts. Funds provided will be used to install a bronze plaque recognizing Canadian involvement in major conflicts and peacekeeping missions.

"With a military history dating back to 1711, there could hardly be a more fitting location for a monument honouring Canada's modern-day heroes," said Minister Cannon. "We are pleased to support the Arras Branch of The Royal Canadian Legion in their efforts to enhance public understanding of the monument."

The Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program helps communities across Canada to preserve the memory of those who have served our country. Through partnerships with community groups and local organizations, the cenotaphs and monuments honouring Veterans, war dead and significant events, are maintained with the standard of care and dignity that they deserve.

To learn more about the project or to apply for funding, call 1-877-604-8489 or visit www.vac-acc.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7468
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications
    613-996-4649