Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

May 24, 2012 15:02 ET

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

BASS RIVER, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - May 24, 2012) - On behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Scott Armstrong, Member of Parliament for Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley, today announced up to $7,187 in funding for two memorial projects in Nova Scotia.

"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 and restore today will forever reflect our nation's gratitude to the generations of Canadians who allow us to live in peace and freedom. Our Government is proud to support projects that help honour the sacrifices of our Veterans and our service men and women."

"Our Government commends the communities of Bass River and Stewiacke for their efforts in preserving the memory of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice," said MP Armstrong. "It is gratifying to know that younger generations will have honoured places and memorials like these to reflect on the courage of remarkable men and women in uniform for years to come."

The Cobequid Veterans Memorial Park Committee will receive up to $7,027 to construct the Forgotten Heroes Monument in the Cobequid Veterans Memorial Park to commemorate the animals and their handlers who worked as teams, and often died alongside each other, while serving Canada during times of war. The names of the Canadian service men and women and their animals will be engraved on the black granite monument. Stepping stones imprinted with different sets of animal footprints next to human footprints will be placed in front of the monument. Funding for this project is provided through the Community War Memorial Program.

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 70 (Stewiacke) will receive up to $160 to update the Stewiacke Cenotaph. Built approximately 80 years ago, the Stewiacke Cenotaph is dedicated to the local war dead of the First World War, the Second World War and the Korean War. The cenotaph will be updated to recognize the recent sacrifices made in Afghanistan. Funding for this initiative is provided through the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program.

Through the Community War Memorial Program and the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program, our Government is fulfilling its commitment to commemorate the courage and sacrifices of our Veterans by partnering with community groups and local organizations to build and restore cenotaphs and monuments.

Applications to these programs can be submitted at any time during the year and are reviewed on a quarterly basis. For more information on these programs, please visit www.veterans.gc.ca.

Contact Information

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    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
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