Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

January 23, 2008 10:26 ET

Veterans Affairs Canada: Renfrew Cenotaph Receives Funding for Restoration

RENFREW, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 23, 2008) - Cheryl Gallant, Member of Parliament for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, announced today, on behalf of the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, a contribution of up to $17,500 to The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #148 (Renfrew). The funds, provided through Veterans Affairs Canada's Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program, will be used to help restore and conserve the Renfrew Cenotaph in Renfrew, Ontario.

"It is vital that we maintain our country's cenotaphs because they hold such great meaning," said Minister Thompson. "Supporting the restoration of Canadian memorials is one way that our Government is ensuring that the actions of our men and women in uniform are remembered in communities across the country."

The Renfrew Cenotaph honours those who were killed in both the First and Second World Wars. Funds provided will support re-pointing the structure, replacing the existing mortar between the granite base blocks, and replacing six flagpoles. The monument will also be professionally cleaned, and lettering on the monument will be highlighted.

"The Renfrew Cenotaph has been a symbol of commemoration since it was erected in 1931," said Mrs. Gallant. "The funding received by the Renfrew Royal Canadian Legion from the Government of Canada and the City of Renfrew will ensure the Cenotaph receives the restoration it deserves to continue to be a strong symbol in Renfrew."

The Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program helps communities across Canada to preserve the memory of those who have served our country. Through partnerships with community groups and local organizations, the cenotaphs and monuments honouring Veterans, Canada's war dead and significant events, are maintained with the standard of care and dignity that they deserve.

To learn more about the project or to apply for funding, call 1-877-604-8489 or visit www.vac-acc.gc.ca.

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