Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

February 20, 2012 10:01 ET

Member of Parliament Rodney Weston Announces Funding for New Cenotaph in Saint John

SAINT JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Feb. 20, 2012) - On behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Rodney Weston, Member of Parliament for Saint John, today announced up to $2,750 in funding for a new cenotaph at the Wade-Myles Aviation Park in Millidgeville. The funding, provided through the Community War Memorial Program, will support the construction of the new monument on the site of the former Millidgeville Municipal Airport and Royal Canadian Air Force Station.

"Monuments and cenotaphs serve as permanent symbols of the pride and gratitude Canadians share for our nation's truest heroes," said Minister Blaney. "Building new memorials and restoring existing ones can inspire a renewed sense of remembrance within the community. This is why our Government supports the construction and restoration of cenotaphs and monuments in Canadian communities."

"Our community memorials serve as lasting reminders of the achievements and sacrifices of our Veterans and the men and women who continue to serve our country today," said Mr. Weston. "This contribution will help ensure that the Millidgeville Community Cenotaph will be a place of remembrance and reflection for future generations."

The Canadian Aviation Historical Society in Saint John is responsible for the future cenotaph that will be located next to the M. Gerald Teed Memorial School. The new monument will be made of stone and will bear a brass plaque commemorating four local individuals who lost their lives while serving in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War.

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. Partnerships are established with community groups and local organizations 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.

For more information, 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

    Michelle Wright
    A/ Regional Director of Communications
    and Commemoration, Atlantic Region
    Veterans Affairs Canada
    902-426-0635
    Cell: 902-401-7691