Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

May 24, 2012 12:00 ET

Minister Peter Penashue Announces Funding to Honour Veterans in Newfoundland and Labrador

OUTER COVE, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - May 24, 2012) - On behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, the Honourable Peter Penashue, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, today announced up to $56,593 in support for four memorials in Newfoundland and Labrador 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. "Building and 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."

"Our Government is proud to support projects that provide a place for communities to gather and remember those who have served and continue to serve our country today," said Minister Penashue. "I'm proud to see these communities in Newfoundland and Labrador build and restore tributes to honour local Veterans and Canada's military history. With support from our Government, these memorials will be enjoyed for generations to come."

Through the Community War Memorial Program, the Town of Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove will receive up to $24,583 to construct a monument recognizing those local residents who served in the Army, Navy and Air Force. A black, three-pillar monument will be erected overlooking Outer Cove Beach. It will represent the three branches of service in which local residents served: Army, Navy and Air Force. Three flagpoles will be erected and a wheelchair accessible pathway, fencing and lighting will be installed.

The Merasheen Reunion Inc. will receive up to $7,470 to support the construction of the Merasheen War Veterans Memorial, which preserves the memory of all Merasheeners who served in the wars. The new monument was erected on part of the existing concrete foundation of a former church built in 1916. The names of approximately 45 First and Second World War and Merchant Marine Veterans are inscribed on a three-piece black granite structure. The area surrounding the monument includes a level walk around, an aluminum handrail and a flagpole.

The Terrenceville Lions Club will receive up to $2,485 to build a new war memorial commemorating local Veterans of the Second World War in front of the Terrenceville Town Hall. The inscribed text will read, In memory of our local War heroes who served in defence of their country, and Lest We Forget will be inscribed along the back and base sections of the monument.

The Town of Bay Roberts will receive up to $22,055 through the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program to restore the Bay Roberts War Memorial. Built in 1923, the memorial was erected in memory of the men who laid down their lives in the Great Wars. Restoration work includes restoring damaged concrete and marble, as well as the platform area surrounding the monument; repairing the fence surrounding the monument; installing new benches and two replacement flagpoles; and landscaping.

Through the Community War Memorial Program and the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration 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 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. For more information, please visit www.veterans.gc.ca.

Contact Information

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    Media Relations Advisor
    Veterans Affairs Canada
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    Codie Taylor
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
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