Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

May 24, 2012 16:24 ET

Minister Steven Blaney Announces Funding to Restore Four War Memorials in Quebec

DORVAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 24, 2012) -

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The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today announced up to $48,685 in funding to support the restoration of four war memorials in the province of Quebec. Minister Blaney made the announcement in Dorval, where up to $18,000 is being provided to restore the Dorval Cenotaph.

"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 and restore 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 honour the sacrifices of our Veterans and our service men and women."

The funding provided to the City of Dorval will support the restoration of the Dorval Cenotaph, located in Pine Beach Park, which commemorates the sacrifices and achievements of local citizens who served in the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean War, and in military operations and peace support missions.

Furthermore, the Minister also announced funding for three additional projects. The City of La Tuque received $25,000 for the restoration and relocation of the city's cenotaph; Royal Canadian Legion Branch 77, in Waterloo, was awarded $2,840 for the restoration of the Waterloo Cenotaph; and the Société locale de développement de Lac-au-Saumon will benefit from up to $2,845 to restore its Monument aux Morts aux Champs d'honneur and improve accessibility to the monument.

These are four of 29 projects to build or restore memorials, being announced in communities across the country today, for a total of up to $755,975 in federal government support.

Through the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program and 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 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.

Backgrounder

Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program (CMRP)

Today the Harper Government announced a total of up to $48,685 in funding to support commemoration and remembrance in communities in Quebec.

Dorval - Up to $18,000 to the City of Dorval to restore the Dorval Cenotaph located in Pine Beach Park. Built in 1971, this monument commemorates the heroes of Dorval who made the supreme sacrifice in the service of their country and community during war and peace. Planned restoration work includes covering the entire monument with Ontario Mahogany granite.

Lac-au-Saumon - Up to $2,845 to the Société locale de développement de Lac-au-Saumon to restore the Monument aux Morts aux Champs d'Honneur which is located in the Parc du Centenaire. Built in 2005, this monument commemorates residents from Lac-au-Saumon who gave their lives while serving in the First and Second World Wars. Planned restoration work includes replacing the existing handrails with two new ones made of steel to ensure that aging visitors can easily access the cenotaph and its surrounding area.

La Tuque - A total of $25,000 was given to the Town of La Tuque for the restoration of the La Tuque Cenotaph previously located in front of City Hall. Built in 1946, this memorial is dedicated to those who gave their lives in the Second World War. Restoration work included moving the cenotaph to nearby Place du souvenir SGT Robert Richards; installing walkways, lighting, benches and flagpoles to the site; and landscaping. Twenty new parking places were also added near the cenotaph.

Waterloo - A total of $2,840 was given to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 77 to restore the Waterloo Cenotaph. Built in 1949, this monument commemorates those who served in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War. Restoration work included replacing three stolen bronze plaques with new plaques made of black granite.

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

    Jean-Pierre J. Godbout
    Communications Advisor
    Veterans Affairs Canada - Quebec
    514-283-2198 Cell.: 514-209-1622