Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

August 17, 2009 15:01 ET

Government of Canada Helps Group in Newfoundland and Labrador Honour Veterans

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 17, 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 a project in Newfoundland and Labrador honouring Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #38 (St. George's) received funding for the rededication of the St. George's Cenotaph in honour of the 65th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. A community picnic and the presentation of The Royal Canadian Legion student bursaries followed the ceremony.

"Our Veterans unite all Canadians as a source of pride. They help us remember why we are blessed to be Canadian and the values that Canada stands for: peace, freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law," said Minister Thompson. "This is why our Government continues to support communities and organizations as they honour their local military heroes."

"The Royal Canadian Legion is a full partner and ally when it comes to commemorating and remembering the outstanding legacy of our Veterans," said Minister MacKay. "By rededicating the St. George's Cenotaph, we ensure that the sacrifices and achievements of our Veterans will never be forgotten."

The Government of Canada is providing $733,070 in funding to 50 community-led remembrance projects across the country through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund. Applications to the Community Engagement Partnership Fund are accepted throughout the year. Non-profit groups, educational institutions and other organizations delivering remembrance activities and events may be eligible for funding.

Please visit www.vac-acc.gc.ca for a backgrounder on the projects in Newfoundland and Labrador. Also visit the Web site or call 1-866-522-2122 to learn more about the Community Engagement Partnership Fund or to apply for funding.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Heather MacDonald
    A/Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7428
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications
    613-996-4649