Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

February 24, 2011 09:50 ET

Minister Blackburn Announces Funding to Restore Local Tribute to Veterans in Newfoundland

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 24, 2011) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture), and the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Cabinet Minister responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador, announced today up to $25,000 in federal government support for a project in St. Lawrence, Newfoundland and Labrador, 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 Town of St. Lawrence will receive funding to restore the Echoes of Valour Monument, dedicated to the victims of the mining industry in St. Lawrence and to the sailors who tragically died in the U.S.S. Truxton and U.S.S. Pollux disaster. It is also in remembrance of the valiant men and women who fought and died for our freedom during the First and Second World Wars. Planned restoration includes replacing the existing base with new granite slabs.

"The Echoes of Valour Monument is just one of many cenotaphs across the country that benefit from our government's proud support for those who serve and have served Canada," said Minister MacKay. "I am proud to see so many cities, towns and volunteer organizations making an investment in preserving monuments to Canadian Veterans."

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 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
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Sophie Doucet
    Director of Communications
    Cell.: 613-608-3252