TORONTO, Nov. 8, 2012 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney,
Minister of Veterans Affairs, Eve Adams, Parliamentary Secretary to the
Minster of Veterans Affairs, visited Malvern C.I. War Memorial today
and spoke about Government's plans to support communities in protecting
cenotaphs and monuments. The Boys of Malvern Memorial, located at
Malvern Collegiate Institute, suffered vandalism in November 2011,
shortly after it had been restored.
"Cenotaphs and monuments are sacred places that recognize the sacrifices
and achievements of generations of great Canadians. When one is
vandalized it touches the whole community and needs to be restored
quickly," said Minister Blaney. "In the near future, I plan to
introduce an initiative which will help fast-track applications for
funding to assist in repairing damage to cenotaphs and monuments as a
result of vandalism."
PS Adams reinforced Government's recent commitment to increase penalties
for vandalism to cenotaphs and monuments with the introduction Private
Member's Bill C-217: An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (mischief relating to war memorials).
"It is devastating to see acts of vandalism and destruction at these
sacred places of honour. Such actions dishonour the sacrifices of many
men and women, sacrifices that were made on behalf of each of us," said
PS Adams. "Our Government is working to help communities make necessary
repairs to vandalized cenotaphs and memorials, as quickly and
efficiently as possible."
Through the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program, the Government of
Canada partners 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. Interested non-profit groups and other organizations may be
eligible for funding. To learn more about Veterans Affairs Canada's
Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program and other programs and services,
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Media Relations Advisor
Veterans Affairs Canada
Jean-Christophe de le Rue
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs