Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

May 24, 2012 12:00 ET

Minister John Baird Announces Funding for New War Memorial in Ottawa

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 24, 2012) - On behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, the Honourable John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Member of Parliament for Ottawa West-Nepean, today announced up to $19,495 in support for a project in Ottawa to honour Veterans and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The funding, provided through the Community War Memorial Program, will support the construction of the Flanders Field Mosaic Memorial.

"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. "Building new 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."

"This project will allow people in the community to have a peaceful place to commemorate the sacrifices and achievements of Ottawa's heroes," said Minister Baird. "Our Government will ensure that our war memorials continue to be special places of remembrance and reflection for future generations."

Regina Public School will build a Flanders Field Mosaic Memorial in Britannia Park to commemorate all Canadian service men and women who have lost their lives in times of war. Under the direction of an internationally known sculptor, students from the school will help create the walls, consisting of a porcelain mosaic of poppies on a mural background, covering approximately 156 square feet.

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

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