Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

November 10, 2010 12:14 ET

Government of Canada Supports Remembrance in Digby

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 10, 2010) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture), and Greg Kerr, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs, announced today federal government support for a project in Weymouth, Nova Scotia to honour Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"Although it is important to remember year-round, we particularly remember Canada's service men and women during Veterans' Week, and we are reminded of their achievements and sacrifices," said Minister Blackburn. "While many Canadians honour our Veterans by participating in remembrance events from coast-to-coast, the Government of Canada honours them by providing them with the care and support they need– where and when they need it."

On November 5, 2010, the Municipality of the District of Digby unveiled one of eight newly restored cenotaphs in the area. The ceremony included an honour guard and colour party, a flag raising and salute, dedication speeches and the restored Weymouth Cenotaph was unveiled. Following the event, photos of each cenotaph will be presented to Legion branches in the respective communities for display.

The Municipality of the District of Digby will also produce a brochure featuring the cenotaphs in the district, outlining their history and statistical information, a map showing the locations. The brochure will be distributed to Legion branches, visitor information centres, museums, libraries and schools.

"The newly restored cenotaphs in the Digby area are beautiful testaments to the respect and honour shown to Canada's Veterans," said Parliamentary Secretary Greg Kerr. "The new brochure should inspire area residents, youth and tourists to visit and pay their respects throughout the year."

Applications to the Community Engagement Partnership Fund are accepted throughout the year. Non-profit groups, educational institutions and other organizations delivering remembrance activities and events may be eligible for funding.

Canadians observe Veterans' Week from November 5–11, each year. This year, the Government of Canada is asking Canadians to make remembrance more than something you feel, and make it something you do. This Veterans' Week, How Will You Remember?

Please visit www.vac-acc.gc.ca for more information and a list of the other funded projects. Also visit the Web site or call 1-866-522-2122 to learn more about the Community Engagement Partnership Fund 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
    Sophie Doucet
    Director of Communications
    613-992-3465
    Cell.: 613-608-3252