Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

June 07, 2008 09:15 ET

Lancaster Cenotaph Receives Federal Support for Renovation

LANCASTER, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 7, 2008) - The Lancaster Cenotaph, which is dedicated to those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War and the Afghanistan mission, will be restored thanks to support from the Government of Canada.

On behalf of the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Guy Lauzon, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario and Member of Parliament for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry announced today a contribution to The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #544 (Claude Nunney V.C. Memorial) that will be used to help restore and conserve the Lancaster Cenotaph (Glengarry Memorial) in the Village of Lancaster, Township of South Glengarry, Ontario.

Funding of up to $24,745, provided through Veterans Affairs Canada's Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program, will allow the cenotaph to be cleaned and have its brass plaques restored. The cenotaph will then be relocated to the rear of the public library where a second monument will be added to a larger common base.

"These monuments remind us of the many sacrifices Canadians have made for the freedom we enjoy today," said Minister Thompson. "The Lancaster Cenotaph is a poignant symbol of conflicts past and present."

Mr. Lauzon added, "The restored Lancaster Cenotaph will provide the local citizens with a place to honour all of Canada's service men and women."

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, Canada's 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