Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

March 16, 2011 11:05 ET

MP Dean Del Mastro Announces Funding to Veterans Wall of Honour in Peterborough

PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 16, 2011) - Dean Del Mastro, Member of Parliament for Peterborough and Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Canadian Heritage, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture), announced today up to $50,000 in federal government support for a project in Peterborough, Ontario, to honour Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"It is our sacred duty to remember and honour the brave men and women in uniform who serve Canada so selflessly. Our Veterans have fought for our freedoms and these cenotaphs are symbols of their accomplishments," said Minister Blackburn. "It is gratifying to know that younger generations have special places like these to reflect on our country's military history."

The City of Peterborough will receive funding to assist with the completion of a Wall of Honour, which is inscribed with the names of 11,000 local soldiers, sailors, airmen and merchant mariners who answered the call of duty during the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War.

Twelve granite boulders have been installed in a semi-circle around the Peterborough Cenotaph. The work remaining to complete the project includes installing lighting around the structure and the walkways leading to the area, laying underground audio and video cables, installing benches, erecting interpretive panels which will narrate the history of the site, and placing an engraved granite block at the base of the memorial to formally dedicate it as the City's tribute to Veterans.

"Commemoration is important to the community here in Peterborough," said MP Del Mastro. "Improving the Veterans Wall of Honour Memorial solidifies its message of peace, hope and remembrance."

Through this program, the Government of Canada is fulfilling its Budget 2010 commitment to further commemorate the sacrifices of our armed forces, by bringing individuals, groups and businesses together to build community war memorials that commemorate the achievements and sacrifices made by those who served our country.

Applications to the Community War Memorial Program are accepted throughout the year. Interested non-profit groups and other organizations may be eligible for funding through the Community War Memorial Program to build new memorials or to make major additions to existing ones. The next application deadline is April 28, 2011.

Please visit veterans.gc.ca or call 1-866-522-2122 to learn more about the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program and the Community War Memorial 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