Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

June 10, 2009 15:13 ET

Government of Canada Funds Restoration Projects in Nova Scotia

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 10, 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 four projects in Nova Scotia to honour Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Halifax Regional Municipality will receive funding for the restoration of the Halifax War Memorial, which includes repairing and cleaning all stonework and bronze elements of the memorial. The Municipality of Digby will receive funding to help clean the Smith's Cove Cenotaph, restore the commemorative plaques, and add a new base. The Municipality of Digby will receive funding to help restore the Rossway Cenotaph. The River Bourgeois Community Services Society will receive funding to help improve the walkway and landscaping leading up to the River Bourgeois Cenotaph.

"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."

"I am pleased to be able to announce our Government's funding today for this important work," said Minister MacKay. "In addition to restoring memorials in Nova Scotia, this funding also inspires a renewed sense of remembrance within our communities."

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 Nova Scotia. 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