BASS RIVER, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - July 1, 2012) - On behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Scott Armstrong, Member of Parliament for Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley, today attended the Forgotten Heroes Monument unveiling ceremony at Cobequid Veterans Memorial Park in Bass River, Nova Scotia.
"Our cenotaphs and monuments are powerful reminders of the sacrifices that generations of Canadians have made for the peace and freedom we enjoy today," said Minister Blaney. "Building new memorials can inspire a renewed sense of remembrance within the community. This is why our Government supports the construction of monuments in Canadian communities like the very special Forgotten Heroes Monument in Bass River."
"This special monument honours the contributions and sacrifices of Veterans and the animals that served alongside them in times of war, conflict and peace," said MP Armstrong. "I am very proud that the Forgotten Heroes Monument will be a place of remembrance and reflection for the youth of the community and for all who visit the park."
The afternoon event included a dedication ceremony of the Forgotten Heroes Monument. Several organizations involved with working animals were on hand with their animals as part of the event. A reception followed at the West Colchester Consolidated School in Bass River, Nova Scotia.
Organizers of today's ceremony received Government of Canada funding of up to $3,480 through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund. Applications to the Community Engagement Partnership Fund are accepted throughout the year. Non-profit groups, educational institutions and other organizations delivering remembrance activities and events may be eligible for funding.
For information on Veterans Affairs Canada's programs and services, please visit veterans.gc.ca.