Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

November 07, 2011 14:15 ET

Member of Parliament Dan Albas Announces Funding for New War Memorial in Penticton

PENTICTON, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 7, 2011) - On behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Dan Albas, Member of Parliament for Okanagan–Coquihalla, today announced the Government of Canada's support for a new monument to honour Veterans and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

"It is our sacred duty to remember and honour our Veterans and the brave men and women in uniform who serve Canada so selflessly," said Minister Blaney. "The memorials we build today will forever reflect our nation's gratitude to the generations of Canadians who allow us to live in peace and freedom."

"I applaud the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen for providing us a place in our community to honour our local heroes," said MP Albas. "Supporting the construction of new memorials is one way our Government is working to ensure the sacrifices of our Veterans will not be forgotten."

The Regional District of Okanagan–Similkameen is receiving a maximum of $24,520 through the Community War Memorial Program.

The project will include the construction of a new memorial in Selby Park located in West Bench. The West Bench Veterans Tribute memorial, which includes a bronze plaque listing the approximately 180 names of Veterans, will commemorate local Veterans of the Second World War who settled in the West Bench community.

Through the Community War Memorial Program, our Government is fulfilling its commitment to further commemorate the courage and sacrifices of our Veterans and members of our armed forces by bringing individuals, groups and businesses together to build new cenotaphs and monuments.

Applications to the Community War Memorial 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 to build new memorials or to make major additions to existing ones.

This year, during Veterans' Week from November 5 to 11, make remembrance more than something you feel, make it something you do. Show how you remember by attending a Remembrance Day ceremony, visiting the local cenotaph or monument, sharing your thoughts of remembrance online, or wearing a poppy with pride. This Veterans' Week, how will you remember?

For more information on the Community War Memorial Program or Veterans' Week, visit You can also visit our "Canada Remembers" Facebook page to leave a message of remembrance, or follow us on Twitter @VeteransENG_CA.

Contact Information

  • Media Inquiries:
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Veterans Affairs Canada

    Codie Taylor
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs

    David Meister
    Senior Communications Officer
    Western Region
    Veterans Affairs Canada