Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

May 21, 2009 17:30 ET

Government of Canada Funds Restoration Project in Southern Alberta

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 21, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment, announced today federal government support for a project in southern Alberta to honour Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The Village of Rockyford received funding for the restoration of the Rockyford Legion Cenotaph. The cenotaph honours Canada's Veterans from the First and Second World Wars. Funding provided will help acknowledge the dedication of Rockyford's Veterans through the addition of a bronze plaque bearing their names.

"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."

"This cenotaph is an important symbol of remembrance in the Village of Rockyford," said Minister Prentice. "This funding will help the community ensure that its servicemen and women are honoured in the years to follow."

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 southern Alberta. 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