Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

July 11, 2008 14:16 ET

Tompkins Cenotaph Receives Federal Support for Restoration

TOMPKINS, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - July 11, 2008) - The Tompkins Cenotaph, which is dedicated to those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Riel Rebellion, the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War, will be restored with support from the Government of Canada.

On behalf of the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Mr. David Anderson, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and to the Minister of Agricultre and Agri-Food for the Canadian Wheat Board, and Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills-Grasslands, announced today a contribution to The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #140 (Tompkins) that will be used to help restore the cenotaph located in Tompkins, Saskatchewan.

Funding of up to $1,265, provided through Veterans Affairs Canada's Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program, will help refurbish the base of the monument and place a concrete pad over the surface surrounding the monument and resting stones.

"Restoring cenotaphs and monuments is one way our government shows its commitment to remembering those who gave their lives serving Canada," said Minister Thompson. "The Cenotaph Monument Restoration Program helps communities conserve the integrity of their sacred memorials."

"The Tompkins Cenotaph is an important landmark for the citizens of Tompkins," said Mr. Anderson "They will be able to honour their fallen heroes at a fully restored memorial at the Community Hall."

"Our Cenotaph provides a central place to reflect and honour those who have fought on our behalf," said Bette Jahnke, project coordinator. "The residents of Tompkins must never forget those who have sacrificed so much so that we may live freely today."

The Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program helps communities across Canada to preserve the memory of those who have served our country. Through partnerships with community groups and local organizations, the cenotaphs and monuments honouring Veterans, Canada's war dead and significant events, are maintained with the standard of care and dignity that they deserve.

To learn more about the program or to apply for funding, call 1-877-604-8489 or visit www.vac-acc.gc.ca

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7468
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications
    613-996-4649