Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

October 07, 2010 15:31 ET

Government of Canada Funds Restoration of the Memorial Talbot-Papineau in Montebello, Quebec

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 7, 2010) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture), and the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced today federal government support of up to $8,500 for a project in Montebello, Quebec, 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 Municipality of Montebello will receive funding to restore the Memorial Talbot-Papineau. Built in 1948, in a local park, this memorial was named after Major Talbot Papineau (1883-1917) who received a Military Cross for bravery during a trench raid at St. Eloi. Papineau was killed during the Canadians' first attack in efforts to secure Passchendaele Ridge. This monument commemorates the losses of the First and Second World Wars. Planned restoration includes relocating the monument; cleaning the structure; building a base at the new location; and landscaping.

"As time passes, it is becoming increasingly more important to remember the sacrifices of our Veterans, both past and present," said Minister Cannon. "Restoring cenotaphs and monuments across the country will instil a renewed sense of remembrance in our communities, encouraging Canadians to actively keep the memory of our Veterans alive." 

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 www.vac-acc.gc.ca 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
    613-992-7468
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Sophie Doucet
    Director of Communications
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