Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

August 30, 2011 10:15 ET

Member of Parliament Scott Armstrong Announces Funding for Memorial Projects in Nova Scotia

BASS RIVER, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 30, 2011) - On behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Scott Armstrong, Member of Parliament for Cumberland–Colchester–Musquodoboit Valley, today announced more than $50,000 in Government of Canada support for memorial projects in Nova Scotia.

"It is our duty as Canadians to remember the sacrifices and contributions of our Veterans and the brave men and women who serve our country 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."

The Cobequid Veterans Memorial Park Society is receiving a maximum of $38,660 through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community War Memorial Program. The federal government funding will support the addition of three new monuments to the existing five monuments located at the Cobequid Veterans Memorial Park in Bass River, Nova Scotia. The new additions will bear the names of approximately 600 additional individuals who served or lost their lives during the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, peacekeeping missions and other conflicts.

The Glooscap Heritage Centre and Mi'kmaq Museum is receiving a maximum of $12,000 through the Community War Memorial Program. The funding will support the completion of the Wall of Honour, an exhibit designed to represent the story of all Mi'kmaq Veterans through a series a pictorial montages. A travelling Wall of Honour exhibit will also be created and will serve as a portable cenotaph. Each of the 13 Mi'kmaq communities in Nova Scotia will share it to display and honour their local Veterans.

Through the Community War Memorial Program, the Government of Canada is fulfilling its commitment to further commemorate the courage and sacrifices of our Veterans and members of our armed forces by bringing communities together to build new cenotaphs and monuments.

"I applaud the Cobequid Veterans Memorial Park Society and the Glooscap Heritage Centre and Mi'kmaq Museum for providing us places within our community to come together as proud Canadians to honour our Veterans," said MP Armstrong. "Our Government is proud to support projects such as these ones that help preserve the legacy of all those who have served and continue to serve our great nation."

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.

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