Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

April 21, 2007 16:45 ET

Veterans Affairs Canada: Canada's New Government Invests Over $100,000 in Cenotaph Restorations

KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - April 21, 2007) - Today, Mrs. Betty Hinton, Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, announced that Canada's New Government recently awarded more than $100,000 to communities across Canada to conserve existing cenotaphs and monuments. The announcement was made during events in Kelowna City Park to mark the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and rededication of the upgraded Kelowna Cenotaph. MP Hinton was joined by Her Worship Sharon Shepherd, Mayor of Kelowna, Veterans, Veterans' organizations, youth and other dignitaries.

"Today, as we mark the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge here in Kelowna, it is fitting that we are also rededicating the cenotaph that so beautifully preserves the memory of those who served not only in the First World War, but also in other wars and times of conflict and peace," said Parliamentary Secretary Hinton. "Canada's New Government is proud to invest in the upgrade of the Kelowna Cenotaph so it will impact on generations to come."

Other funding partners include the City of Kelowna, the Province of British Columbia, and numerous private donors.

A large crowd attended the event, which included a parade, the rededication of the upgraded cenotaph and a ceremony of remembrance marking the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. On April 9, 1917 a battle began that would see the Canadians successfully capture Vimy Ridge. This success came at a cost of more than 10,000 casualties, of which 3,598 were fatal.

The Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program helps communities and organizations across Canada with the restoration of cenotaphs and monuments that promote and preserve the memory of all those who have served Canada since 1867.

Contact Information

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    Veterans Affairs Canada
    Julien Methot
    Communications Officer
    604-666-7892
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    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Gerald A. Lefebvre
    Director of Communications
    613-996-4649