Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

May 24, 2012 12:00 ET

Member of Parliament David Wilks Announces Funding to Restore the Plaza Cenotaph in Invermere

INVERMERE, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 24, 2012) - On behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, David Wilks, Member of Parliament for Kootenay-Columbia, today announced a contribution of up to $24,920 to restore the Plaza Cenotaph, erected in memory of those from the community who lost their lives during the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War.

"It is our sacred duty to remember and honour our Veterans and the brave service men and women who serve Canada so selflessly," said Minister Blaney. "Our Government is proud to support projects that help to ensure that the important contributions of our Veterans are remembered for future generations. The memorials we restore today will forever reflect our nation's gratitude to the brave men and women who allow us to live in peace and freedom."

"I commend the District of Invermere for providing us a place in our community to honour our local heroes," said MP Wilks. "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."

Planned restoration work includes replacing the cenotaph base and surrounding pad; levelling the terrain and repairing damaged soil and sods; installing replacement benches and flagpoles; landscaping to improve site accessibility; and creating a garden area within the plaza.

Funding for this initiative is provided through Veterans Affairs Canada's 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 the Cenotaph/Memorial Restoration 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