Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

May 24, 2012 16:43 ET

Minister Tony Clement Announces Funding to Honour Veterans in Three Northern Ontario Communities

PARRY SOUND, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 24, 2012) - On behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, the Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board, Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, and Member of Parliament for Parry Sound-Muskoka, today announced support of up to $114,863 for three memorials in Northern Ontario 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 honour the sacrifices of our Veterans and our service men and women."

"Our community war memorials serve as lasting reminders of the courage and achievements of our Veterans and the men and women who serve Canada today," said Minister Clement. "Our Government applauds Belvedere Heights, the Sheshegwaning First Nation and the Town of Hearst for taking the initiative to build these memorials to preserve the memory of our Veterans and Canadian Forces members."

Through the Community War Memorial Program, Belvedere Heights will receive up to $50,000, the Sheshegwaning First Nation will receive up to $31,963 and the Corporation of the Town of Hearst will receive up to $32,900.

Belvedere Heights, a long-term care facility that is home to Veterans, will build the Belvedere Heights Veterans Memorial in a park overlooking Georgian Bay. This new memorial will commemorate the past and present residents of Belvedere Heights who served our country in times of war and peace. The cenotaph will be located in a well-landscaped garden area as part of a large park development project, which will include a Veterans memorial walkway around the perimeter of the park.

The Sheshegwaning First Nation will construct the Sheshegwaning First Nation War Memorial in honour of those who lost their lives in the First World War, the Second World War or in Vietnam. This project will involve the construction of a new memorial inscribed with the names of 14 local citizens who served, some of whom lost their lives. It will be located in a park area that includes a walkway and seven benches to represent the Teachings of the Seven Grandfathers-a set of teachings about human conduct toward others: Love, Respect, Humility, Honesty, Wisdom, Bravery and Truth.

The Corporation of the Town of Hearst is making major additions to a monument located in the Soldiers Memorial Monument Park commemorating local fallen soldiers. The current Fallen Soldiers Memorial Monument features a soldier in full modern warfare gear, reaching a hand out to a young Afghan child. Additions to the memorial include a new bilingual plaque, two new sculptures created by the same artist, and two large concrete slabs to receive Canadian Forces military vehicles.

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 new cenotaphs and monuments.

Applications to the Community War Memorial 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 to build new memorials or to make major additions to existing ones. For more information, please visit www.veterans.gc.ca.

Contact Information

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