Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

November 07, 2011 06:30 ET

Minister Peter Penashue Announces Funding to Restore the Upper Island Cove Cenotaph

UPPER ISLAND COVE, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - Nov. 7, 2011) - 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 a contribution of up to $24,500 to restore the Upper Island Cove Cenotaph, which was erected in memory of those who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars.

"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 Penahsue. "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 restoration work includes replacing the monument's base and adding two new additions on either side of the monument to incorporate new names. The existing walkways and flagpoles will be replaced and two walls surrounding the monument will be repaired.

Funding for this initiative is provided through the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program. Through this program, the Government of Canada 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.

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Contact Information

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    Media Relations Advisor
    Veterans Affairs Canada

    Codie Taylor
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs