Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

May 24, 2012 16:57 ET

Minister Gail Shea Announces Funding for Centennial Park Memorials

SUMMERSIDE, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - May 24, 2012) - On behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament for Egmont, today announced a contribution of up to $25,000 to restore three Centennial Park Memorials, which are erected in memory of those who lost their lives in the First World War and the Second World War, and in memory of those who gave their lives while serving on Prince Edward Island as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan during the Second World War.

"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. "Restoring war memorials can inspire a renewed sense of remembrance in a community. This is why our Government is proud to support projects that help honour the sacrifices of our Veterans and our service men and women."

"I commend the members of Royal Canadian Legions Branch 5 for their work to restore the Centennial Park Memorials that honour our local heroes," said Minister Shea. "Helping community groups restore local memorials is one way our Government is working to ensure young Canadians and their families will learn about and remember the achievements and sacrifices of those who served our country and those who are serving today."

The funding announced today will be used by Royal Canadian Legion Branch 5 to restore the Centennial Park Memorials, involving the cleaning, re-grouting and sealing of three separate monuments, as well as work to repair and restore the base of a bronze statue.

Funding for this initiative is provided through the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program. Through this program, our Government works in partnership with community groups and local organizations to ensure that cenotaphs and monuments honouring our nation's heroes are conserved to the highest standard of care and dignity.

Applications to this 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. For more information, please visit www.veterans.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Media Inquiries:
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Veterans Affairs Canada
    613-992-7468

    Codie Taylor
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    613-996-4649