Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

September 18, 2011 14:15 ET

Parliamentary Secretary Pierre Lemieux Attends Vars Cenotaph Rededication

VARS, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 18, 2011) - On behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Pierre Lemieux, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Member of Parliament for Glengarry—Prescott—Russell, today attended a rededication ceremony for the newly renovated Vars Cenotaph.

"Our Government is proud to support groups such as the Vars Community Association that help to ensure that the important contributions of our Veterans are never forgotten," said Minister Blaney. "Cenotaphs and monuments are powerful reminders of the sacrifices that generations of Canadians have made for the peace and freedom we enjoy today."

Veterans Affairs Canada provided funding of up to $16,990 under the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program to help with the renovations of the Vars Cenotaph. The rededication ceremony included a parade, a traditional remembrance ceremony, speeches by local dignitaries, the rededication of the monument and a reception following the ceremony, at the École Saint-Guillaume.

Built in 1931, the Vars Cenotaph commemorates those from the community who laid down their lives in the First and Second World Wars. The restoration work, now complete, included the addition of a beautiful cross-shaped walkway with twelve columns, each bearing the name of one of the local war dead.

"I would like to congratulate The Vars Community Association for all their hard work and dedication"," said Parliamentary Secretary Lemieux. "Thanks to their selfless efforts, they have helped to preserve the memory of our Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice."

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 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

  • Media Enquiries:
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Veterans Affairs Canada
    613-992-7468

    Codie Taylor
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    613-996-4649