Ottawa — On behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, the Honourable Gordon O’Connor, Minister of State and Member of Parliament for Carleton–Mississippi Mills, today announced up to $52,000 in support for two projects in Ontario to honour Veterans and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
“It is our sacred duty to remember and honour our Veterans and the brave men and women in uniform who serve Canada so selflessly,” said Minister Blaney. “Building and restoring war memorials can inspire a renewed sense of remembrance in a community. This is why our Government is proud to support projects that help honour the sacrifices of our Veterans and our service men and women.”
“On behalf of our Government, I am pleased to announce funding for these important projects in West Carleton and Dunrobin, Ontario,” said Minister O’Connor. “These contributions will ensure these communities have places of remembrance that will allow future generations to reflect upon the sacrifices and accomplishments of their local heroes.”
The Carp Business Improvement Area will receive funding of up to $50,000 through the Community War Memorial Program, to construct the West Carleton Cenotaph that will commemorate the men and women of the West Carleton area who died in the First and Second World Wars and later conflicts, and those who have enlisted and stood up for Canada. The new monument will be a black granite structure with a sitting bronze soldier placed in the front, alongside two plaques that will bear approximately 50 inscribed names. The project will also involve the construction of a new seating area for visitors.
St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Dunrobin, Ontario, will receive up to $2,000 through the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program to restore the St. Paul’s Anglican Church Cairn, located on the church grounds. Built between 1950 and 1954, this memorial is dedicated to the local community members who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars. The restoration work includes removing and repointing the mortar, repairing the base of the monument and recapping it with reinforced concrete.
Through the Community War Memorial Program and the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program, our Government is fulfilling its commitment to further commemorate the courage and sacrifices of our Veterans and members of our armed forces by partnering with community groups and local organizations to build new cenotaphs and monuments and restore existing ones.
Applications to these programs can be submitted at any time during the year and are reviewed on a quarterly basis. Interested non-profit groups and other organizations may be eligible for funding to build new memorials or to make major additions to existing ones. For more information, please visit veterans.gc.ca.