Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

September 08, 2009 15:41 ET

Government of Canada Honours Veterans with a Restoration Project

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 8, 2009) - The Government of Canada is honouring veterans by helping restore the Yorkton Cenotaph in Saskatchewan. The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Regional Minister Gerry Ritz today announced the Saskatchewan funding as part of the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program, a national program that recognizes Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice through local memorials.

"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."

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #77 (General Alexander Ross) is receiving funding for the restoration of the Yorkton Cenotaph. The memorial commemorates the fallen soldiers of the First and Second World Wars, as well as the Korean War. Restoration plans include the replacement of mortar and repair work to the southeast corner of the monument. The inscriptions require cleaning and re-leading, and new plates will be added to accommodate additional names of those individuals being commemorated.

"The Yorkton Cenotaph is a living testament to those who served and those who died on our behalf," said Minister Ritz, who also serves as Agriculture Minister. "This contribution will help ensure it is enjoyed by family and communities members for years to come."

Through the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program, the Government of Canada is providing more than $190,000 to 19 community-led cenotaph and monument restoration projects across the country. 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 project in Saskatchewan. 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
    613-992-7428
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications
    613-996-4649