Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

May 21, 2009 15:40 ET

Government of Canada Funds Restoration Projects in New Brunswick

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 21, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, announced today federal government support for two projects in New Brunswick to honour Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The Black Watch Heritage Committee will receive funding for the restoration of the Blackwatch Memorial Cairn. A new base with a deeper foundation will be built for the Cairn, and the entire Cairn will be cleaned. The Milford Community Involvement Committee will receive funding for the restoration of the Milford War Memorial, which includes cleaning the stonework, and the replacement of damaged stones and 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."

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 projects in New Brunswick. 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