Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

December 16, 2008 13:59 ET

Government of Canada Funds Restoration Project in Saskatchewan

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 16, 2008) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and the Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, announced today federal government support for a project in Saskatchewan to honour Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The Bethune Cemetery Fund received funding for the restoration of the Bethune Cenotaph. The plaque commemorates all those from the Bethune district who laid down their lives in the First World War. Restoration plans include replacing the plaque and adding a black granite support structure.

"Memorials across the country tell the story of our communities and they honour our nation's truest heroes," said Minister Thompson. "Our Government is proud to support these projects and ensure that our Veterans are recognized and remembered by future generations."

"The restoration project in Saskatchewan shows our continued commitment to honour those who have fought on our behalf," said Minister Ritz. "I am pleased that the Government of Canada is supporting these initiatives."

The Government of Canada is providing funding to 19 community-led cenotaph and monument restoration projects across the country 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 www.vac-acc.gc.ca for a backgrounder on the project in Saskatchewan. 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