Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

November 09, 2010 12:03 ET

Monument Restoration Project in Saskatchewan 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 Ray Boughen, Member of Parliament for Pallister, announced today up to $6,575 in federal government support for a project in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan 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 Moose Jaw War Memorial Restoration Committee will receive funding to restore the Moose Jaw War Memorial. Built in 1949 on the Peacock Collegiate School grounds, this memorial commemorates the community members who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Second World War.

Planned restoration includes repairing the damaged and rusted figures; welding existing gaps to prevent water accumulation; repairing the base of the monument; sandblasting and repainting the structure; removing, stripping and repainting the name plates; adding 25 missing names; and, installing two metal brackets to the front of the base to hold wreaths.

"We are bringing communities together, in the spirit of commemoration, to restore local monuments and cenotaphs to their original beauty", said Ray Boughen, MP for Pallister. "This will keep the memory of Canadian Veterans alive for many years."

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
    Cell.: 613-608-3252