Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

May 21, 2009 17:47 ET

Government of Canada Funds Restoration Projects in Newfoundland and Labrador

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 21, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, announced today federal government support for two projects in Newfoundland and Labrador to honour Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Trinity Historical Society Inc. will receive funding for the restoration of the Mortuary Chapel Stained Glass Windows. The seven windows will be removed and transported to St. John's where they will be re-leaded and repaired. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #33 (Placentia) will receive funding for the restoration of the Placentia Cenotaph, so it can be rebuilt using more durable stone.

"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."

"Our Government understands that cenotaphs and monuments are silent but powerful reminders of what our Veterans accomplished and sacrificed for all of us," said Minister MacKay. "This funding will help the communities of Newfoundland and Labrador ensure that their Veterans 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 projects in Newfoundland and Labrador. 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