MISSISSAUGA, On, Nov. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Brad Butt, Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Streetsville, today announced a contribution of up to $25,000 for a cenotaph restoration project in the village of Streetsville, Mississauga, Ontario. The memorial honours the local citizens who died in the First and Second World Wars.
"Monuments and cenotaphs are permanent symbols of the pride and gratitude Canadians share for our nation's truest heroes," said Minister Fantino. "Our Government is proud to support the building and restoration of cenotaphs and monuments in communities across the country to honour Canada's Veterans and men and women in uniform."
"This restored cenotaph will continue to be a focal point for residents to come together for remembrance activities," said MP Butt. "It will be a lasting reminder of the service and sacrifices of our country's heroes."
The City of Mississauga is relocating the cenotaph to a more prominent location within the village of Streetsville and undertaking extensive masonry work to repair damages to the cenotaph. Once restored, the cenotaph will be reinstalled on a new concrete base surrounded by granite paving. The site will be further enhanced with lighting, a steel railing and landscaping.
Funding for this initiative is provided through the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program. Through this program, the Government of Canada works in partnership 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 by interested non-profit groups and other organizations can be submitted at any time during the year and are reviewed on a quarterly basis. For more information, visit veterans.gc.ca.
2013 is the Year of the Korean War Veteran—Canada proudly remembers the heroes of the Korean War and their brave fight to defend the Republic of Korea and uphold freedom, democracy and the rule of law. For more information on Canada's role in the Korean War, visit veterans.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
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