MOUNTAIN, ON, Sept. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Steven Blaney,
Minister of Veterans Affairs, and Guy Lauzon, Member of Parliament for
Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, today attended the Battle of Hill 70
Memorial rededication ceremony in Mountain, Ontario.
"Our Government is committed to honouring Canada's Veterans and the
brave men and women in uniform who continue to serve today," said
Minister Blaney. "I am very proud to be here today to rededicate this
newly restored monument. I commend the Township of North Dundas and the
Mountain and District Lions Club for their hard work and dedication in
ensuring that the contributions and sacrifices of the men and women who
served in the Battle of Hill 70 are never forgotten."
The rededication service consisted of speeches by special guests, the
dedication of the monument and a wreath-laying ceremony, followed by a
"This special monument commemorates those service men and women who
served and lost their lives in the Battle of Hill 70," said MP Lauzon.
"Cenotaphs and monuments across our country are powerful reminders of
the sacrifices made by our nation's truest heroes."
The Mountain and District Lions Club has received Government of Canada
funding of $38,933 through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community War
Memorial Program, to assist with the major addition to the Battle of
Hill 70 Memorial in the community of Mountain, Ontario. The project
included the mounting of the two existing boulders on newly constructed
cement bases; the installation of a new granite memorial between the
mounted boulders; a walkway, a ramp and a surround pad constructed of
pavers to improve accessibility to the site; the replacement of the
existing flagpoles; and a new story board, highlighting the history of
the Battle of Hill 70.
The Township of North Dundas, in partnership with the Mountain and
District Lions Club, will receive up to $5,000 under the Community
Engagement Partnership Fund in support of the dedication ceremony.
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
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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