Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

May 21, 2009 16:56 ET

Government of Canada Funds Restoration Project in P.E.I.

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 21, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced today federal government support for a project in Prince Edward Island to honour Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #26 (Morell) will receive funding for the restoration of the Morell Cenotaph. Funding provided will help stabilize and clean the cenotaph, and will improve water drainage.

"Memorials are more than structures of stone and mortar," said Minister Thompson. "They represent sacrifice and honour. They provide community members with a place to gather in recognition of those who served on their behalf. Most importantly, they carry the importance of remembrance on for future generations."

"Like any historic structure, our memorials require maintenance to ensure their long-term integrity," said Minister Shea. "Our Government is pleased to be able to assist Morell's Branch of The Royal Canadian Legion in its efforts to preserve the cenotaph and beautify its surroundings."

The Government of Canada is providing more than $197,760 to 19 community-led cenotaph and monument restoration projects across the country through the 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 the project in Prince Edward Island. Also visit the Web site or call 1-877-604-8489 to learn more about the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program or to apply for funding.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7468
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications
    613-996-4649