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Veterans Affairs Canada restores Veteran grave markers across Newfoundland and Labrador


ST. JOHN'S, NL, June 28, 2022 /CNW/ - Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have served our country with bravery, honour and dignity?some making the ultimate sacrifice. Commemorating their service and sacrifices is at the heart of Veterans Affairs Canada's mandate. One of the ways we do this is by maintaining their grave markers in perpetuity.

Today, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, provided an update on the ongoing work to repair an estimated 1,130 Veteran grave markers in more than 400 cemeteries in Newfoundland and Labrador?a total investment of more than $590,000.

Today's announcement comes as Minister MacAulay visits St. John's Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Cemetery, where Veterans Affairs Canada is responsible for maintaining approximately 180 Veteran grave markers.

The repairs in Newfoundland and Labrador are part of the ongoing grave maintenance work taking place across the country. The work, which began in 2018 after the Government of Canada announced an investment of $24.4 million to address urgently needed repairs, will continue into 2023.

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"As I walk the rows at Mount Carmel Cemetery, I can't help but feel humbled and proud. Humbled by the sacrifices made by Newfoundlanders and Labradorians?some of them barely old enough to drive. And proud of the restoration work happening in cemeteries, like this one, across the country. Maintaining the final resting place of those who served our country is just one way that we can honour their sacrifices."

The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence

"Many Newfoundlanders and Labradorians put their lives on the line for our freedom. On behalf of Newfoundland and Labrador, I'm grateful for the funding from Veterans Affairs Canada and the repair work happening throughout our cemeteries. The ongoing maintenance demonstrates the deep respect we have for our Veterans and their legacy."

Joanne Thompson, Member of Parliament, St. John's East, Newfoundland and Labrador

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