Government of Canada supports RCAF WWII Memorial project in Brandon

MP Larry Maguire announces funding for Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum

BRANDON, MB, Sept. 8, 2014 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris, today announced Government of Canada support to the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum for the new RCAF WWII Memorial, They Grew Not Old.

The Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum will complete the Memorial Wall, a project which began in 2010. The wall serves as a tribute in memory of air force members who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Second World War and features the names of more than 18,000 fallen commonwealth airmen and airwomen.

Funding for this initiative is provided through the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program. Through this program, the Government of Canada works in partnership with not-for-profit and private-sector organizations on projects related to the restoration, repair or expansion of an existing monument that commemorates Canadian Veterans or war dead.

Quick Facts

  • The Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum will receive $25,000 through Veterans Affairs Canada's Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program.
  • Since 2006, the Government of Canada has provided almost $4.5 million through Veterans Affairs Canada's Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program to ensure that cenotaph and monument to Canada's Veterans and war dead are conserved.
  • Across Canada, there are more than 6,000 local cenotaphs and monuments dedicated to Canada's war dead and Veterans. #ShowYouRemember

Quotes

"Our government is proud to support projects such as the RCAF WWII Memorial. The Memorial, They Grew Not Old, provides an ongoing tribute to those who have served and made the ultimate sacrifice."
The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs

"As Canadians, it is our duty to honour and remember those who have served. The volunteers at the Air Commonwealth Training Plan Museum should be commended for their hard work and for keeping our history alive. Memorials, such as this one, will ensure that our fallen comrades will always be remembered."
Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris

"On behalf of the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum, I would like to thank the Government of Canada for its support in making this memorial possible. Our community and all Canadians now have a fitting permanent tribute, honouring all Commonwealth servicemen and women who lost their lives during the Second World War."
Stephen Hayter, Executive Director, Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum

Associated Link

SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada

For further information:

Barbara Mottram
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
613-996-4649

Media Relations
Veterans Affairs Canada
613-992-7468


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