Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

October 07, 2010 16:28 ET

Government of Canada Funds Restoration of the Veterans Memorial of Lennox Island, Prince Edward Island

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 7, 2010) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture), and the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced today up to $1,995 in federal government support for a project in Lennox Island, Prince Edward Island, 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 Lennox Island First Nations received funding to restore the Veterans Memorial on Lennox Island. Built in 1923 next to the community centre on Main Street, this monument was erected by local citizens in honour of Mi'kmaq Veterans and other Veterans of the First World War. Restoration work included removing and replacing damaged mortar between the monument stones; removing the brass plate and relocating it to the opposite site of the memorial; and fixing the cracks in the foundation.

"Preserving the culture of the Lennox Island First Nations is integral to the heritage of Prince Edward Island," said Minister Shea. "The Government of Canada is proud to support the restoration of the Veterans Memorial, in honour of the Mi'kmaq contribution to the Great War." 

This is one of eleven community-led projects totaling $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