Veterans Affairs Minister, Julian Fantino, also highlights changes to
Government of Canada commemoration and remembrance-based initiatives
VANCOUVER, May 21, 2014 /CNW/ - The Minister of Veterans Affairs today
announced funding to help restore the Japanese Canadian War Memorial in
Stanley Park. A focal point for commemorative and remembrance
activities, the Memorial commemorates Japanese Canadians who served and
lost their lives during the First World War, the Second World War and
the Korean War.
The restoration project is being headed up by the Nikkei National Museum
and Cultural Centre. As part of today's announcement, Minister Fantino
also highlighted changes to Veterans Affairs Canada's Commemorative
Partnership Program. From now through to 2020, the program will 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.
These 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 commemorative activities and programs, please visit veterans.gc.ca.
Japanese Canadians have served impressively and sacrificed greatly in
the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, and in our country's
more recent military efforts. During the First World War alone, some
200 Japanese Canadians overcame many barriers to bravely serve in
uniform. More than 50 would lose their lives on the battlefields of the
Western Front in the cause of peace and freedom and over 90 more were
The Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre is receiving $25,000
toward the restoration of the Japanese Canadian War Memorial in Stanley
Applications are being accepted by Veterans Affairs Canada's
Commemorative Partnership Program—which is comprised of the Community
Engagement Partnership Fund (CEPF) and the Cenotaph/Monument
Restoration Program (CMRP). Quarterly deadlines for submitting
applications are the first business day of April, July, October and
Applications for Veterans' Week (November 5 - 11) events or projects
will be accepted until the first business day of September.
Grants are now available for low risk projects ($10,000 or less).
Eligible project costs now include permanent exhibits.
Across the country, there are more than 6,000 local cenotaphs and
monuments dedicated to Canada's war dead and Veterans. #ShowYouRemember
"In our communities and around the world, commemoration is essential to
keep alive the achievements and sacrifices made by our Veterans and
Canadian Armed Forces personnel. It is incumbent upon all of us to
promote a better understanding and appreciation of the efforts made by
Canadians whose legacy is the peace and security we are all so
privileged to enjoy in Canada today."
The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs
"The stately, masterful stonework of the Japanese Canadian War Memorial
in Stanley Park is being lovingly restored by the Japanese Canadian War
Memorial Committee on the centenary of the Great War. By restoring the
cenotaph, we continue to remember, and honor the determination and
sacrifices made for our great country, Canada."
Linda Kawamoto Reid, Chair, Japanese Canadian War Memorial Committee
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Affairs Canada