Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

May 24, 2012 12:00 ET

Member of Parliament Kevin Sorenson Announces Funding for Drumheller Cenotaph

DRUMHELLER, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 24, 2012) - On behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Kevin Sorenson, Member of Parliament for Crowfoot, Alberta, today announced a contribution of up to $23,650 to restore the Drumheller Cenotaph, which is erected in memory of those who served in the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, peacekeeping efforts and Afghanistan.

"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. "Restoring war memorials can inspire a renewed sense of remembrance in a community. This is why our Government is proud to support projects that help honour the sacrifices of our Veterans and our service men and women."

"Our Government applauds the members of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 22 for their initiative to restore the Drumheller Cenotaph, which provides a place in our community to honour local heroes," said Mr. Sorenson. "Helping community groups restore local memorials is one way our Government is working to ensure young Canadians and their families will learn about and remember the achievements and sacrifices of the men and women who protect our rights and freedoms."

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 22 will move the Drumheller Cenotaph, which was built in 1937, from its present site behind the local curling rink to a more visible location in front of the new civic building. Restoration works includes adding four names to the cenotaph, replacing eight florets and cleaning the bronze plaque.

Funding for this initiative is provided through the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program. Through this program, our Government works in partnership with community groups and local organizations to ensure that cenotaphs and monuments honouring our nation's heroes are conserved to the highest standard of care and dignity.

Applications to this 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, please visit www.veterans.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Media Inquiries:
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Veterans Affairs Canada
    613-992-7468

    Codie Taylor
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    613-996-4649