Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

September 08, 2009 14:48 ET

Government of Canada Funds Restoration Projects in British Columbia

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 8, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of International Trade, Asia Pacific Gateway and Regional Minister for British Columbia, announced today federal government support for three projects in British Columbia to honour Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The District of Hope is receiving funding for the restoration of the Memorial Plaza Cenotaph, located in Hope Memorial Park, which occupies seven acres of land in the heart of the town. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #114 (Lynn Valley) is receiving funding for the restoration of the Lynn Valley Cairn located on the northeast corner of Lynn Valley Road and Mountain Highway. The cenotaph will have its stonework repaired and will be completely cleaned. The City of Kelowna is receiving funding for the restoration of the Rutland Lions Cenotaph and to resurface the walkway to enhance accessibility.

"Our military history is part of who we are as a nation, and the servicemen and women who served for the freedoms we enjoy today must be remembered," said Minister Thompson. "Memorials represent sacrifice and honour, and they carry on the importance of remembrance for future generations."

"The beauty of these memorials reflects the community's appreciation for Canadians who served," said Minister Day. "Supporting memorial restoration projects is one way that the Government of Canada is ensuring our Veterans are remembered in communities across the country."

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. 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 restoration projects in British Columbia. Visit the Web site or call 1-866-522-2122 to learn more about the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program or to apply for funding.

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