Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

October 07, 2010 14:55 ET

Government of Canada Funds Restoration of the Remembrance of Grieving Comrades Monument in Ottawa, 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 $3,100 in federal government support for a project in Ottawa 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 #632 (Ottawa-Orleans) will receive support for the restoration of the Remembrance of Grieving Comrades monument. Built in 2000 on the Ottawa-Orleans Legion property, this monument encourages the remembrance of fallen soldiers past and present.

Planned restoration work includes removing interlocking bricks along the walkway; levelling the ground; reinstalling the bricks; applying edging along the perimeter; and back filling with seed and topsoil.

"The Government of Canada commends The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #632 for their efforts in restoring the Remembrance of Grieving Comrades monument," said Minister Baird. "Projects like these bring our communities together, but more importantly, they honour great Canadian men and women who have sacrificed so selflessly 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
    Cell.: 613-608-3252