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Nov 12, 2012  |  Vote 0    0

Federal funding to help restore Canadian Jewish War Veterans Memorial

North York Mirror

The federal government will contribute more than $5,000 to restore the Canadian Jewish War Veterans Memorial.

“Our government is committed to encouraging Canadians, young and old, to remember and honour veterans and the brave service men and women who serve our country,” Steven Blaney, minister of veterans affairs, said in a release on Friday, Nov. 9.

“Local war memorials, such as the Canadian Jewish War Veterans Memorial, acknowledge and reflect the appreciation for our veterans of current and past generations.”

The government will contribute $5,300 to its restoration, which is erected in memory of Jewish Canadians who fought during the Second World War and later conflicts.

Members of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 256 (General Wingate) will add two new structures to the existing Canadian Jewish War Veterans Memorial in Mount Sinai Memorial Park, located on Wilson Avenue, east of Keele Street. The new structures will commemorate Jewish Canadians who lost their lives during the First World War.

“I commend the members of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 256 for their dedication to honouring veterans,” Eglinton-Lawrence MP Joe Oliver said in a release.

“Helping community groups restore local memorials is one way our government is working to ensure young Canadians and their families will learn about and remember the achievements and sacrifices of our veterans.”

Funding for this initiative is provided through the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program. Through this program, the federal government 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 the Cenotaph/Memorial Restoration Program 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. For information visit veterans.gc.ca.

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