ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - July 3, 2012) - On behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, the Honourable Peter Penashue, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada and the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Member of Parliament for York-Simcoe, today announced up to $55,856 in Federal Government funding for two memorials in Newfoundland and Labrador to honour Veterans and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
"Building new war memorials and restoring cenotaphs and monuments can inspire a renewed sense of remembrance and pride in a community," said Minister Blaney. "This is why our Government is proud to support projects that help honour the sacrifices and contributions of our Veterans and our service men and women."
"I commend the communities of St. John's and St. George's for their efforts in preserving the memory of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice," said Minister Penashue. "It is gratifying to know that younger generations will have honoured places and memorials like these to reflect on the courage of remarkable service men and women for years to come."
The 166th Regiment Royal Artillery Association received $48,000 through the Community War Memorial Program to make Royal Artillery Park more accessible for commemorative events. A commemorative plaque was installed at the entrance of the park and cement bases were constructed to display artifacts. Existing walkways were reconstructed to improve accessibility and the park was landscaped to improve the overall look of the park.
The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 38 (St. George's) will receive up to $7,856 through the Cenotaph/ Monument Restoration Program to clean and re-point the memorial located adjacent to the Legion building. A plaque was mounted commemorating all who have served in conflicts since the Korean War. Erected in 1960, the memorial was dedicated in memory of those who served with the Armed Forces of Great Britain and their Allies and laid down their lives during the First and Second World Wars, and the Korean War.
"By working as partners with community groups, our Government ensures the sacrifices and achievements of all those men and women who served our country will stay alive," said Minister Van Loan. "This is our history and we have a responsibility to honour and remember our Veterans."
Applications for the Community War Memorial Program and the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program can be submitted at any time during the year and are reviewed on a quarterly basis. Interested non-profit groups and other organizations may be eligible for funding. For more information on these programs, please visit www.veterans.gc.ca.