Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

May 21, 2009 17:14 ET

Government of Canada Funds Restoration Project in Saskatchewan

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 21, 2009) - 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 Royal Canadian Legion Branch #206 (Elrose) received funding for the restoration of the Elrose Cairn. The Cairn commemorates Veterans of the First and Second World Wars. Restoration plans include replacing the base and reinforcing the stability of the structure.

"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."

"Local cenotaphs and monuments are important landmarks in the cities and towns of Saskatchewan," said Minister Ritz. "This contribution will help ensure that the Elrose Cairn remains a place of remembrance and reflection for future generations of the community."

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 Saskatchewan. 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