Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

May 24, 2012 12:00 ET

Member of Parliament Blaine Calkins Announces Funding for New War Memorial in Blackfalds

BLACKFALDS, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 24, 2012) - On behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Blaine Calkins, Member of Parliament for Wetaskiwin, Alberta, today announced up to $25,675 in support for a project in Blackfalds, Alberta, to honour Veterans and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. This funding, provided through the Community War Memorial Program, will support the construction of the Blackfalds Veterans Memorial.

"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. "Building new 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."

"Communities across the country have built tributes to honour local Veterans and Canada's military history. The Blackfalds Veterans Memorial represents the importance of keeping the memory of the community's ancestors alive," said MP Calkins. "With support from our Government, this memorial will be enjoyed for generations to come."

The Blackfalds and Area Historical Society will build the Blackfalds Veterans Memorial to commemorate those who served and those who gave their lives in the service of Canada during the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, in peacekeeping missions and in Afghanistan. The memorial, a 30-foot long curved wall made of granite and glass mosaic, will depict the names of local Veterans who served the country and the images of the individuals who died in conflict. The project includes installing three black metal benches facing the monument on an arched pathway.

"We felt it would be of lasting benefit to have a Veterans Memorial Monument to remember those men and women from Blackfalds and area who served, some of whom gave their lives for their country," said Judy Carleton, President of the Blackfalds and Area Historical Society. The structure will be named Blackfalds Veterans Memorial, with names of Blackfalds Veterans inscribed on it. The outdoor space in the park could serve as a place to hold future Remembrance Day services, and also as a quiet place to sit and reflect in the park area."

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 partnering 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, 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

    Christine Riske
    Constituency Assistant
    Office of MP Blaine Calkins
    403-783-5530