Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

June 26, 2012 15:32 ET

Member of Parliament Michael Chong Announces Funding to Restore War Memorial in Erin

ERIN, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 26, 2012) - On behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, the Honourable Michael Chong, Member of Parliament for Wellington-Halton Hills, today announced funding of up to $3,400 to restore the Erin Cenotaph, which was built to honour Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country.

"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."

"I applaud the Town of Erin for their dedication to restore the Erin Cenotaph," said Mr. Chong. "Supporting communities in maintaining these special places of remembrance is one way our Government is helping to ensure Canadians of all ages learn about those who fought for the peace and freedom that we enjoy today."

The Town of Erin will restore the Erin Cenotaph, built in 1956, that commemorates those who served in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War as well as those who died in service since 1953. The restoration work includes replacing the existing plaques with new plaques to correct errors and add new names.

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

    Jean-Christophe de le Rue
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    613-996-4649