Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

November 07, 2011 07:00 ET

Minister Peter MacKay Announces Funding to Honour Veterans in Nova Scotia

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 7, 2011) - On behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, today announced support for two memorials in Nova Scotia to honour Veterans and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

"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. "The memorials we build today will forever reflect our nation's gratitude to the generations of Canadians who allow us to live in peace and freedom."

"Our Government is proud to support projects that help keep the memory of our Veterans alive," said Minister MacKay. "Our community war memorials serve as lasting reminders of the achievements and sacrifices of our Veterans and the men and women who continue to serve our country today."

The Port Hawkesbury Veterans Memorial Park Society is receiving a maximum of $41,841 through the Community War Memorial Program. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #153 will receive a maximum of $3,928 under the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program.

The Port Hawkesbury Veterans Memorial Park Society will construct a major addition to the existing cenotaph. This addition will consist of granite statues representing the Army, Navy, Air Force, Merchant Marines and Highlanders and another structure representing the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The cenotaph and park commemorate all Veterans, past and present, as well as those who lost their lives while serving Canada.

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #153 will restore the Brookside Cenotaph which commemorates local service men and women from the First World War and the Second World War, as well as the Korean War. Planned restoration work includes installing a concrete slab around the cenotaph's base, improving drainage at the site, and repositioning fence posts and flag holders.

Funding for these initiatives is provided through the Community War Memorial Program and the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program. The Government of Canada works in partnership with community groups and local organizations to build and restore cenotaphs and monuments.

Applications to these programs 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.

Veterans' Week is a time when all Canadians come together to honour those who have sacrificed to make our world a safer place. This Veterans' Week, make remembrance more than something you feel, make it something you do. How will you remember? For information on Veterans' Week, services and benefits for Veterans, and Veterans Affairs Canada social media communities visit 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