Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

November 07, 2011 12:15 ET

Member of Parliament Bryan Hayes Announces Funding to Restore Men from the District of Algoma Cenotaph

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 7, 2011) - On behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Bryan Hayes, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, today announced funding of up to $3,860 to restore Men from the District of Algoma Cenotaph, which is dedicated to the memory of Canadians who died overseas in the service of their country.

"Our cenotaphs and monuments are powerful reminders of the sacrifices that generations of Canadians have made for the peace and freedom we enjoy today," said Minister Blaney. "We have a duty as a nation to preserve them in honour of our fallen men and women, our Veterans and those who continue to serve Canada today."

"I commend the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #25 for providing us a place in our community to honour our local heroes," said MP Hayes. "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 sacrifices of our Veterans."

"The federal funding provided for the refurbishment of this monument demonstrates the importance that the Federal Government places upon Remembrance and our Veterans. This funding will help ensure that this monument will remain a part of our community for years to come," said Mayor Debbie Amaroso.

The restoration work included removing and replacing loose monument stones and installing a metal roof to help protect the structure from the weather.

Funding for this initiative is provided through the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program. Through this program, the Government of Canada works in partnership with community groups and local organizations dedicated to maintaining the country's more than 6,000 cenotaphs and monuments with the standard of care and dignity they deserve.

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 on 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 www.veterans.gc.ca. 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
    613-992-7468

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