Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

August 13, 2007 15:12 ET

Canada's New Government Announces Funding for Port Hawkesbury Community Cenotaph Project

PORT HAWKESBURY, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 13, 2007) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today announced a $17,600 contribution to the Port Hawkesbury Veterans Memorial Park Cenotaph. The funds, provided through Veterans Affairs' Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program ensured the restoration of the memorial to its original glory.

"The support of the Port Hawkesbury Veterans Memorial Park Cenotaph is just one example of our new government's continuing efforts to honour those who served and died protecting Canadian values," said Minister Thompson. "We also applaud the memorial committee and the community of Port Hawkesbury for their efforts in honouring Canada's Veterans."

The newly restored Memorial Park was officially unveiled during a ceremony held August 11. A delegation of Veterans and dignitaries gathered at the cenotaph for the ceremony and to pay their respects to all those who have served Canada.

"Our cenotaph was indeed in very bad state, and increasingly becoming dangerous to the public," said Arthur Riley, Chair Cenotaph Restoration Project. "It is really gratifying to know that all of us can come together on behalf of our Canadian Veterans, and especially those who made the supreme sacrifice and, in fact, are still making it."

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, war dead and significant events are maintained with the highest standard of care and dignity that they deserve.
To learn more about the project or to apply for funding, call 1-800-443-0394 or visit

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