Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

September 05, 2009 12:30 ET

Government of Canada Funds Restoration Projects Across the Country

GRANDE-ANSE, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Sept. 5, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, announced today federal government support for the Grande-Anse Cenotaph, as well as 18 other restoration projects across the country to honour Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"Cenotaphs and monuments are silent but powerful reminders of what our Veterans accomplished and sacrificed for all of us," said Minister Thompson. "To maintain the faith our Veterans placed in our future, we must maintain monuments created in their memory and care for them with the dignity and grace they deserve. I am pleased that our government is able to assist the Village of Grande-Anse in conserving its cenotaph for future generations."

The Grande-Anse cenotaph commemorates the individuals from the community who were killed during the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War as well as the current members of the armed forces and United Nations. The village will receive $25,000 in funding to support the relocation of the cenotaph as well as the restoration of the monument and two cannons, preparing the grounds at the new site and paving in front of the cenotaph.

Also in New Brunswick, the Town of Saint-Quentin will receive funding for the construction of a new concrete foundation on a gravel surface to improve drainage, as well as for the cleaning of the monument stonework.

The Government of Canada is providing more than $190,000 to 19 community-led cenotaph and monument restoration projects across the country through the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program.

"Our government recognizes the importance of cenotaphs and monuments in communities across Canada. Community-led projects such as these bring new life to our communities," said Minister Thompson. "Through our Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program, our government is able to engage and assist organizations and communities across Canada in conserving local cenotaphs and monuments. This is one way we are ensuring our Veterans are remembered in our largest cities and our smallest villages."

Applications to the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program are accepted throughout the year.

Non-profit groups and other organizations interested in restoring local memorials may be eligible for funding.

Please visit www.vac-acc.gc.ca for information on the cenotaph restoration projects across the country. To learn more about the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program or to apply for funding, you can visit the Web site or call 1-866-522-2122.

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