SAINT-CLAUDE, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - July 11, 2012) - On behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Eve Adams, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Brampton South, today announced a contribution of $13,700 was made to restore a monument honouring Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
"Our cenotaphs and monuments are powerful reminders of the sacrifices that generations of Canadians have made for the peace and freedom we enjoy today," said Minister Blaney. "We have a duty as a nation to preserve them in honour of our fallen men and women, our Veterans and those who continue to serve Canada today."
"I commend the Saint-Claude Historical Society for honouring local heroes here in their community," said Parliamentary Secretary Eve Adams. "Helping community groups restore local memorials is one way our Government is working to ensure Canadians of all ages learn about the achievements and sacrifices of our Veterans and those who gave their lives."
The Saint-Claude Cenotaph honours the local Veterans of the First and Second World Wars, and all those who served and those who lost their lives in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Restoration work included repointing the structure; cleaning the monument plaques and cross; painting the lettering; installing a new stone wreath holder, flagpoles and planters; and landscaping.
"Our Government is proud to support projects that help keep the memory of our Veterans alive," said Candice Hoeppner, Member of Parliament for Portage-Lisgar. "The Saint-Claude Historical Society's work helps to preserve the legacy of all those who have served and continue to serve our great nation."
Funding for this initiative was provided through the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program. Through this program, the Government of Canada works in partnership with community groups and local organizations to ensure that cenotaphs and monuments honouring our nation's heroes are conserved to the highest standard of care and dignity.
Applications to this 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. For more information, please visit veterans.gc.ca.