Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

October 07, 2010 15:15 ET

Government of Canada Funds Restoration of the Cenotaph in Bear River, Nova Scotia

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 7, 2010) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture), and the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, announced today, up to $3,950 in federal government support for a project in Nova Scotia 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 #22 (Bear River) will receive support for the restoration of the Bear River Cenotaph. This cenotaph was built in 1939 in the park located behind the Bear River Legion, to commemorate Veterans of the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War. Planned restoration work includes the construction of a Walk of Remembrance with stones engraved with the names of local Veterans and the construction of an engraved archway.

"The Government of Canada is proud to support The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #22, in restoring the Bear River Cenotaph," said Minister MacKay. "The commitment of our communities is integral for projects like this to become a reality. These projects not only bring communities together, but they honour the sacrifices of our 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 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
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Sophie Doucet
    Director of Communications
    Cell.: 613-608-3252