Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

March 18, 2011 15:46 ET

Minister Blackburn Announces Funding to Restore Local Tribute to Veterans in New Brunswick

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 18, 2011) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture), and Senator Rose-May Poirier announced today up to $14,110 in federal government support for a project in Bas-Caraquet , New Brunswick to honour Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"It is our sacred duty to remember and honour the brave men and women in uniform who serve Canada so selflessly. Our Veterans have fought for our freedoms and these cenotaphs are symbols of their accomplishments," said Minister Blackburn. "It is gratifying to know that younger generations have special places like these to reflect on our country's history."

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #56 (Caraquet) will receive funding to restore the Cénotaphe de Bas-Caraquet that commemorates those who served and those who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War and in Afghanistan.

Planned restoration work includes relocating the cenotaph from a local cemetery to Founders Park which will provide more space for visitors attending ceremonies and events. A cement base will be built at the new site and new plaques will be installed. The cenotaph will be repaired to address issues such as cracking and water infiltration.

"It is important that the enduring memory of Canadian Veterans is never forgotten," said Senator Poirier. "Through the federal government's assistance to the Royal Canadian Legion, we are able to ensure that the Cénotaphe de Bas-Caraquet is properly maintained so that future Canadians remember the sacrifices of Canadian military personnel."

Applications to the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program are accepted throughout the year. Non-profit groups and other organizations interested in restoring local memorials may be eligible for funding through this program or through the new Community War Memorial Program that provides funding to build new memorials or to make additions to existing ones. 

Please visit www.veterans.gc.ca or call 1-866-522-2122 to learn more about the Cenotaph/ Monument Restoration Program and the Community War Memorial Program or to apply for funding.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7468
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Sophie Doucet
    Director of Communications
    613-992-3465
    Cell.: 613-608-3252