MP Scott Armstrong announces Government of Canada support for the Stewiacke Monument
STEWIACKE, NS, Nov. 10, 2014 /CNW/ - Scott Armstrong, Member of Parliament for Cumberland–Colchester–Musquodoboit, today announced Government of Canada support for the restoration of the Stewiacke Monument, which honours the sacrifices and service of Canadian Veterans. MP Armstrong made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs.
Organized by Royal Canadian Legion Branch 70 and the Town of Stewiacke, the restoration work included repairs to the base of the monument, as well as the addition of signage and lighting. A ramp was also added to the monument to increase accessibility for those who wish to pay tribute to Veterans.
- Royal Canadian Legion Branch 70 and the Town of Stewiacke are receiving $12,952, through Veterans Affairs Canada's Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program, for the restoration of the Stewiacke Monument.
- To date, the Government of Canada has approved almost $4.5 million, through the 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.
- For more information on Veterans Affairs Canada's commemorative activities and programs, visit veterans.gc.ca/iremember.
"Throughout our country, monuments tell the stories of Canada's heroes—service men and women, and Veterans who fought for the freedom and liberties that we enjoy today. Our Government is committed to ensuring the longevity of memorials in our communities."
The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs
"The Stewiacke Monument pays tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and unites members of the community in commemorating their legacy. I am very proud of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 70 and the Town of Stewiacke for their hard work on the preservation and care of this monument."
Scott Armstrong, Member of Parliament for Cumberland–Colchester–Musquodoboit
"The community is thankful to the Government of Canada for providing funding to assist with the restoration of the Stewiacke Monument. All residents will now be able to better access and participate in community remembrance events taking place today and in the years to come."
Kevin Swallow, Cenotaph Committee Chairman, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 70
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information: Ashlee Smith, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs, 613-996-4649; Media Relations, Veterans Affairs Canada, 613-992-7468