Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

October 07, 2010 16:09 ET

Government of Canada Funds Restoration of the Vars Cenotaph in Embrun, 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 $17,880 in federal government support for a project in Embrun, 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 Vars Community Association will receive support for the restoration of the Vars Cenotaph. Built at the entrance of Embrun Village in 1931, the Vars Cenotaph commemorates those from the community who laid down their lives in the First and Second World Wars.

Restoration work included re-pointing the mortar joints, replacing damaged field stone units and restoring the bronze plaques. Other plans include building a presentation platform and cross-shaped walkway with twelve columns, each bearing the name of one of the local war dead, as well as landscaping, the addition of benches and a replacement flag pole.

"The Government of Canada commends the Vars Community Association for their commitment to restoring the Vars Cenotaph," said Minister Baird. "While bringing our communities together, these projects honour great Canadian heroes who sacrificed in the name of true Canadian values." 

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