Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

May 21, 2009 17:07 ET

Government of Canada Funds Restoration Project in Quebec

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 21, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, announced today federal government support for a project in Quebec to honour Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The City of La Tuque will receive funding to support the restoration of its cenotaph. The monument commemorates local residents from La Tuque who gave their lives in the Second World War. Funding provided by Veterans Affairs Canada's Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program will help to increase accessibility to the monument and installation of interpretative signage.

"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 on the importance of remembrance for future generations."

"Quebecers have a proud history and they are ensuring that it is passed down from generations to generation by preserving the monuments that honour those who fought for our freedom," said Minister Paradis. "Our Government is working with the many cities, towns and volunteer organizations to support projects like the La Tuque Cenotaph across the province and the country."

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 Quebec. 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