MP Scott Armstrong announces Government of Canada support for the Springhill Soldiers' Monument
SPRINGHILL, NS, Oct. 16, 2014 /CNW/ - Scott Armstrong, Member of Parliament for Cumberland–Colchester–Musquodoboit Valley, today announced Government of Canada funding for the restoration of the Springhill Soldiers' Monument which honours the achievements and sacrifices of Veterans from within the community. MP Armstrong made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs.
Organized by the Town of Springhill, the restoration work to the monument will include repairs to the base and the addition of a ramp to increase accessibility for those who wish to visit and pay tribute. The names of local citizens who died during the Korean War will also be added to honour their service and sacrifices.
- The Town of Springhill is receiving $9,914 through Veterans Affairs Canada's Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program for the restoration of the Springhill Soldiers' Monument.
- Since 2006, the Government of Canada has provided approximately $4.5 million through Veterans Affairs Canada's Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program to ensure that cenotaphs and monuments to Canada's Veterans and war dead are preserved.
- Across the country, there are more than 6,000 local cenotaphs and monuments dedicated to Canada's war dead and Veterans. #ShowYouRemember
- For more information on Veterans Affairs Canada's commemorative activities and programs, please visit veterans.gc.ca.
"Memorials like this one allow communities to gather in remembrance and show their appreciation for the sacrifices and achievements of our brave men and women. Our Government is proud to support memorials in communities across Canada that preserve the legacy of Canada's Veterans."
The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs
"As Canadians, it is our duty to honour and remember those who have served. Memorials, such as this one, will ensure that our fallen comrades will always be remembered."
Scott Armstrong, Member of Parliament for Cumberland–Colchester–Musquodoboit Valley
"The Springhill Soldiers' Monument is a fitting tribute to the men and women who bravely fought for the freedoms we enjoy today. The Town of Springhill is very proud of our long, military history and we would like to thank the Government of Canada for its help in ensuring the Veterans in our community are never forgotten."
John Hopkins, Chairman, Cenotaph Committee, Town of Springhill
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information: Barbara Mottram, Director of Communications, Office of the Minister of Veterans of Affairs, 613-996-4649; Media Relations, Veterans Affairs Canada, 613-992-7468