Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

May 24, 2012 12:00 ET

Member of Parliament Lee Richardson Announces Funding for New War Memorial in Calgary

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 24, 2012) - On behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Lee Richardson, Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre, today announced up to $50,000 in support for a project in Calgary to honour Veterans and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. This funding, provided through the Community War Memorial Program, supports the construction of the Calgary Soldiers' 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."

"It's wonderful when a community builds a tribute to honour local Veterans and Canada's military history. The Calgary Soldiers' Memorial will contribute to the strong sense of gratitude we hold for our Veterans and those who died," said Mr. Richardson. "With support from our Government, this memorial will be enjoyed for generations to come."

The memorial, which commemorates those from Calgary's Army Reserve regiments killed in conflict, is a steel structure built on wooden decking, consisting of six large vertical stone slabs engraved with approximately 3,000 names of the fallen from the Calgary 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

    Dustin Frank
    Executive Assistant
    Office of Lee Richardson, MP
    Calgary Centre
    403-244-1880