Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

November 07, 2011 16:15 ET

Member of Parliament Mark Warawa Announces Funding for New War Memorial in Langley City

LANGLEY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 7, 2011) - On behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Mark Warawa, Member of Parliament for Langley, today announced the Government of Canada's support for a new cenotaph to honour Veterans and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

"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. "The memorials we build today will forever reflect our nation's gratitude to the generations of Canadians who allow us to live in peace and freedom."

"I commend the City of Langley for providing us a place in our community to honour our local heroes," said MP Warawa. "By supporting the construction of new memorials, our Government is working to ensure the sacrifices of our Veterans will not be forgotten."

The project has been spearheaded and primarily funded by the City of Langley. "This impressive sculptural piece is something that will serve as a memorial for war veterans and all citizens far into the future," says Mayor Peter Fassbender. "We in the City of Langley are fortunate to have the support of Veteran Affairs Canada in helping bring this project to fruition."

The City of Langley is receiving a maximum of $50,000 through the Community War Memorial Program.

The project includes the construction of a new cenotaph commemorating local citizens who served during the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War. The Douglas Park Cenotaph consists of three granite-clad slabs and is engraved with the words Our Glorious Dead / Nos Morts Glorieux. A public prayer and dedication ceremony will take place on Wednesday November 9th at 2:00pm. "Please join us at this ceremony," Warawa adds.

Through the Community War Memorial Program, our Government is fulfilling its commitment to further commemorate the courage and sacrifice of our Veterans and members of our armed forces by bringing individuals, groups and businesses together 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.

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 of 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 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

    Codie Taylor
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs

    David Meister
    Senior Communications Officer
    Western Region
    Veterans Affairs Canada