Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

November 09, 2010 12:02 ET

Monument Restoration Project in Ontario Made Possible Thanks to Government of Canada Support

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 9, 2010) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture), and Gary Schellenberger, Member of Parliament for Perth-Wellington, announced today up to $3,055 in federal government support for a project in Clifford, Ontario to honour Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"By supporting the restoration of cenotaphs and monuments across the country, the Government of Canada is ensuring sacred areas of commemoration reflect the respect and dignity befitting for Canada's Veterans," said Minister Blackburn. "These memorials show our Veterans that we will keep the torch of remembrance lit for generations to come."

The Clifford Rotary Club and the Town of Minto will receive funding to restore the Clifford Memorial. Built in 1921, this memorial is dedicated to those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the First and Second World Wars. Planned restoration work includes raising the area and grading it to ensure proper drainage; removing deteriorating cement components; and installing a sidewalk and cement pad to improve wheelchair accessibility.

"I commend the Clifford Rotary Club and the Town of Minto for their dedication to Canadian Veterans," said MP/Gary Schellenberger. "Local community groups are an important catalyst for projects like this, happening across the country."

Applications to the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program are accepted throughout the year. Non-profit groups and other organizations interested in restoring local memorials may be eligible for funding.

Please visit www.veterans.gc.ca or call 1-866-522-2122 to learn more about the Cenotaph/ Monument Restoration Program or to apply for funding.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7468
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Sophie Doucet
    Director of Communications
    613-992-3465
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