COW HEAD, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - July 6, 2012) - On behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Member of Parliament for York-Simcoe, today announced up to $79,863 in Federal Government funding for two memorials in Newfoundland and Labrador to honour Veterans and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
"It is our duty to remember and honour our Veterans and the brave men and women who serve Canada so selflessly," said Minister Blaney. "The memorials we build today will forever reflect our nation's gratitude to the generations of Canadians who allow us to live in peace and freedom.
"Our Government is proud to support projects to build new memorials that honour both local Veterans and Canada's military history," said Minister Van Loan. "Our community war memorials serve as lasting reminders of the achievements and sacrifices of our Veterans and the men and women who continue to serve our country today."
Up to $50,000 in Federal Government funding was contributed through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community War Memorial Program toward the construction the Cow Head War Memorial. This memorial commemorates those who served and lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, peacekeeping missions and Afghanistan.
The Community War Memorial Program also provided funding for the La Scie Veterans Memorial Garden Cenotaph. A contribution of up to $29,863 assisted with construction of a new cenotaph to commemorate those who served or lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, peacekeeping missions and Afghanistan.
Through the Community War Memorial Program, the Government of Canada is fulfilling its commitment to further commemorate the courage and sacrifices of our Veterans and members of our armed forces by partnering with community groups and local organizations to build new cenotaphs and monuments.
Applications to the Community War Memorial Program can be submitted at any time during the year and are reviewed on a quarterly basis. Interested non-profit groups and other organizations may be eligible for funding to build new memorials or to make major additions to existing ones.
For more information, please visit veterans.gc.ca.