Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

February 24, 2011 10:00 ET

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

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 24, 2011) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture), and Stephen Woodworth, MP for Kitchener Centre, announced today federal government support for a project in Kitchener, Ontario 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 #50 will receive funding to restore the area surrounding the Royal Canadian Legion Cenotaph to improve accessibility to the cenotaph.

"As the son of a Veteran, and a member of the Kitchener Legion, I am pleased that our Government is honouring those who have served," said MP Stephen Woodworth. "I thank those in Kitchener who devote time and effort to care for the sacred memorials to members of our armed services."

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.vac-acc.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, Communications
    613-992-3465
    Cell.: 613-608-3252