Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

June 22, 2008 11:05 ET

Government of Canada Provides Funding for Restoration of the Cartwright Cenotaph

CARTWRIGHT, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - June 22, 2008) - On behalf of the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Merv Tweed, Member of Parliament, Brandon-Souris, unveiled the newly restored Cartwright Cenotaph today. Through the Veterans Affairs Canada Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program, the Government of Canada contributed $8,650 to The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #86 (Cartwright-Mather) for the restoration of the cenotaph.

"The commitment shown by Canadians to honour those who have served on behalf of our country is inspiring," said Minister Thompson. "Supporting communities in restoring local memorials is one way through which our Government helps to ensure that the actions of our service men and women are remembered in communities across the country."

The Cartwright Cenotaph honours the men and women of the Villages of Cartwright and Mather, and the Rural Municipality of Roblin, whose residents served in the South African War, the First World War and the Second World War. The funding was used to refurbish the cenotaph and engrave an additional 100 names of local servicemen who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars.

"The Government of Canada is proud to partner with the Cartwright-Mather Legion in preserving our Canadian military heritage," said Merv Tweed. "The restoration of the Cartwright Cenotaph is so important to the citizens of this town. The funding helped restore a place of honour in their community."

The Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program helps communities across Canada to preserve the memory of those who have served our country. Through partnerships with community groups and local organizations, the cenotaphs and monuments honouring Veterans, war dead and significant events, are maintained with the standard of care and dignity that they deserve. To learn more about the program or to apply for funding, call 1-877-604-8489 or visit
www.vac-acc.gc.ca.

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
    or
    Veterans Affairs Canada
    Anrea Zaslov
    A/Communications Officer
    204-983-2011