Government of Canada Supports Cenotaph Construction and Memorial Restoration in Newfoundland and Labrador

Minister Rob Moore announces funding for projects in Placentia Bay and St. John's.

ST. JOHN'S, NL, May 28, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Rob Moore, Regional Minister for Newfoundland and Labrador and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency), on behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today announced funding for the construction of a new cenotaph in Placentia Bay and the restoration of the Caribou Memorial in St. John's, Newfoundland-and-Labrador.

Festival of Flags Inc. is receiving up to $50,000 through Veterans Affairs Canada' s Community War Memorial Program to construct the Placentia Bay Veterans Cenotaph within the Garden of Memories, located on the grounds of the former United States military base in Argentia. The cenotaph will be a focal point in the community and will recognize all major conflicts of the 20th century. The names of all Placentia Bay service men and women will be inscribed on the cenotaph.

The City of St. John's received $24,182 through Veterans Affairs Canada's Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program for the restoration of the Caribou Memorial, located in Bowring Park. The project involved restoring the base and recasting the bronze antlers. The iconic memorial is dedicated to those who served and lost their lives during the First World War.

Quick Facts

  • Veterans Affairs Canada recently announced changes to its Commemorative Partnership Program, which includes the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program and the Community Engagement Partnership Fund. From now through to 2020, the Commemorative Partnership Program will also support international initiatives and include for-profit businesses and organizations in an effort to mark the centennial of the First World War and the 75th anniversary of the Second World War.
  • Applications are being accepted for funding under the Commemorative Partnership Program. Quarterly deadlines for submitting applications are the first business day of July, October, January and April.
  • Applications for Veterans' Week (November 5-11) events or projects will be accepted until the first business day of September.
  • Across the country, there are more than 6,000 local cenotaphs and monuments dedicated to Canada's war dead and Veterans. #ShowYouRemember
  • The changes to the Commemorative Partnership Program build on other recent improvements the Government of Canada has made to modernize and update the way it delivers services to Veterans. For more information on Veterans Affairs Canada's commemorative activities and programs, please visit veterans.gc.ca.

Quotes

"Our Government is dedicated to commemorating the sacrifices and achievements of the brave Canadians whose legacy is the peace and security we continue to enjoy. The construction and restoration of memorials in Placentia Bay and St. John's will help to ensure that Newfoundlanders who served will be honoured and remembered for their service and sacrifices."
The Honourable Rob Moore, Regional Minister for Newfoundland and Labrador and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)

"Over the coming years, we will recognize the centennial of the First World War and the 75th anniversary of the Second World War. It is a time for all Canadians to honour our proud heritage and those who served and continue to serve our country to uphold the values of peace, freedom and democracy."
The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs

Related Links

SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada

For further information:

Nicholas Bergamini
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
613-996-4649

Media Relations
Veterans Affairs Canada
613-992-7468


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