Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

August 14, 2008 14:29 ET

Ville de Saint-Georges Cenotaph Restored With Federal Support

SAINT-GEORGES, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 14, 2008) - The Ville de Saint-Georges Cenotaph, commemorating those who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War, will be renovated with Government of Canada support.

On behalf of the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, the Honourable Maxime Bernier, Member of Parliament for Beauce, announced today a contribution to Saint-Georges to help restore and conserve the cenotaph.

Funding of up to $15,090, provided through Veterans Affairs Canada's Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program, will be used to improve the drainage around the monument, construct a walkway and add a new granite slab to the base. Additionally, the cenotaph will be cleaned and a damaged flagpole will be replaced. Ville de Saint-Georges is also contributing $15,000 to the cenotaph's restoration.

"Supporting the renovation of memorials such as the Ville de Saint-Georges Cenotaph is one way that our Government remembers our service men and women," said Minister Thompson. "This contribution will ensure that this cenotaph remains a place of remembrance and reflection for future generations."

"We have a responsibility to honour the brave men and women who fought so selflessly on behalf of our country," said Mr. Bernier. "In Saint-Georges, these renovations will make the cenotaph more accessible for people paying tribute to those who have served."

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
    Heather MacDonald
    Acting Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7428
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications
    613-996-4649