Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

October 07, 2010 15:55 ET

Government of Canada Funds Restoration of the Cross of Sacrifice Located in a Cemetery of Virden, Manitoba

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 7, 2010) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture), and the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, announced today up to $380 in federal government support for a project in Virden, Manitoba to honour Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"By restoring monuments and cenotaphs across the country, we are ensuring that all Canadians have beautiful places to pay homage to the men and women who have fought for our freedom," said Minister Blackburn. "Communities from coast-to-coast-to-coast will be able to enjoy these areas of remembrance for years to come."

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #8 received funding to restore the Cross of Sacrifice. Located in a Virden cemetery, this monument was built in the 1920s to honour those who lost their lives during the First World War. After almost 90 years, the cross was in need of repairs. Restoration included building a scaffolding around the existing base to repair the damaged cross.

"I commend The Royal Canadian Legion, Virden, for their efforts to restore the Cross of Sacrifice," said Minster Toews. "It is important for our communities to take pride in their memorials and cenotaphs, and show them the respect they deserve; the same respect we have for all Veterans." 

This is one of eleven community-led projects receiving a total of $110,120 announced this month by the Government of Canada through Veterans Affairs Canada's 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 for a backgrounder on this project. To learn more about the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program or to apply for funding, you can visit the Web site or call 1-866-522-2122.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Sophie Doucet
    Director of Communications
    Cell.: 613-608-3252