PARRY SOUND, ON, Sept. 23, 2012 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable
Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, the Honourable Tony
Clement, President of the Treasury Board, Minister for the Federal
Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, and Member of
Parliament for Parry Sound-Muskoka, today attended the dedication
ceremony of the new Algonquin Regiment Monument in Parry Sound.
"Our Government is proud to support events and activities that bring
Canadians together to express our gratitude to Veterans, men and women
in uniform, and their families," said Minister Blaney. "Those who have
served and continue to serve in the defence of peace, freedom, the rule
of law and democracy around the world deserve our respect and our
thanks, and through the efforts of organizations such as the Algonquin
Regiment Veterans' Association, Parry Sound Branch, and the Town of
Parry Sound, we honour the contributions of those brave men and women."
"This ceremony brings together our community to remember and learn about
Canada's proud military history," said Minister Clement. "I am very
proud that our Government is helping engage Veterans and youth
alongside one another in the dedication and blessing of the Algonquin
Regiment Monument to recognize the sacrifices of our nation's truest
The newly erected monument contains the names of the 372 Algonquin
Regiment soldiers who died during the Second World War. The event
consisted of a parade through the town of Parry Sound, a dedication and
blessing of the monument and a wreath-laying ceremony, followed by
refreshments served from a field kitchen provided by the Regiment.
Participants included Veterans, troops from the Algonquin Regiment
located in Timmins and North Bay, the band from the Grey and Simcoe
Foresters, Algonquin Cadet Corp 3133, First Nations members,
dignitaries and local citizens.
Through the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program, the Town of Parry
Sound is receiving up to $13,360 in support of the project. The
Algonquin Regiment Veterans' Association is receiving up to $2,900
under the Community Engagement Partnership Fund in support of the
Applications to the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration 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.
Non-profit groups, educational institutions and other organizations
delivering remembrance activities and events may also be eligible for
funding under the Community Engagement Partnership Fund. Applications
to this fund are accepted throughout the year.
For more information on both programs, please visit veterans.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
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Media Relations Advisor
Veterans Affairs Canada
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Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
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