Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

May 24, 2012 12:00 ET

Member of Parliament Michael Chong Announces Funding for War Memorials in Guelph/Eramosa

GUELPH/ERAMOSA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 24, 2012) - On behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Michael Chong, Member of Parliament for Wellington-Halton Hills, today announced up to $64,748 in support for two projects in Guelph/Eramosa, Ontario, 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 a major addition to the Rockwood Cenotaph and major additions to the Veterans Memorial in Marymount Cemetery in Guelph.

"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. "Building and restoring 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."

"Our community war memorials serve as lasting reminders of the achievements and contributions of those who served and those who continue to serve Canada," said Mr. Chong. "Supporting the construction of these major additions is one way our Government is working to ensure the sacrifices of our Veterans will not be forgotten."

The Township of Guelph/Eramosa will receive up to $33,060 to construct a major addition to the Rockwood Cenotaph. This cenotaph commemorates the service and sacrifices of the local men who served in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War. The project will include demolishing and replacing the existing stairs; erecting fencing and retaining walls; building a concrete platform around the cenotaph; and adding wheelchair ramps.

The Catholic Cemeteries of the Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation of the Diocese of Hamilton will receive up to $31,688 to make major additions to the Veterans Memorial. Located in Marymount Cemetery in Guelph, this memorial commemorates Veterans of the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War and peace support missions. The major additions consist of building two new memorial walls encircling the existing monument, to provide local families with a place to attach a plaque with the name, the rank and serving dates of loved ones. Walkways, a seating area with benches and landscaped gardens are also being created.

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

    Jim Smith
    Constituency Assistant
    Office of MP Michael Chong
    519-843-7344