Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

October 07, 2010 16:37 ET

Government of Canada Funds Restoration of the Navan Veterans Memorial in Navan, Ontario

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 7, 2010) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture), and the Honourable John Baird, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, announced today up to $25,000 in federal government support for a project in eastern Ontario 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 Navan Community Association received support for the restoration of the Navan Veterans Memorial. Built in 1987, in front of the Navan Memorial Centre arena, this cenotaph commemorates the men and women who served during the South African War, the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War.

Restoration work included relocating the memorial to a more visible location; re-facing the monument surface to restore names; installing new granite panels to add additional names; installing pavers; adding benches to create a sitting area; installing lighting; and landscaping.

"The Government of Canada is proud to be involved in the restoration of cenotaphs and monuments in communities across the country," said Minister Baird. "Not only do these projects bring our communities together, but they are in honour of great Canadian men and women who sacrificed for our peace and freedom." 

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 these projects. 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
    613-992-3465
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