Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

September 08, 2009 15:11 ET

Government of Canada Funds Restoration Projects in Nova Scotia

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 8, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, announced today federal government support for seven projects in Nova Scotia to honour Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The Municipality of Digby is receiving funding for the restoration of five community cenotaphs which are located in Barton, Freeport, Little River, Tiverton, Westport and Weymouth. The restoration work on these local cenotaphs includes repair work to the concrete bases, replacement of flagpoles and cleaning of all surfaces of the memorials. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #55 (Port Morien) is receiving funding to help take the Port Morien original cairn down to its base to fill cracks and address mortar issues. The addition of two granite structures to the existing monument will make room for the engraving of approximately 300-325 new names. Additionally, the installation of a concrete walkway will make the cairn more accessible for the public.

"Our military history is part of who we are as a nation, and the service men 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."

"Our Government recognizes the importance of honouring the contributions and sacrifices of those who've stood for the Canadian values of freedom, democracy and respect for human rights and the rule of law," said Minister MacKay. "These contributions ensure that cenotaphs and memorials in Nova Scotia remain places of remembrance and reflection within our communities."

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 Nova Scotia. 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