Two area Legions are putting to good use funds from the federal government.
The Onaping Falls Royal Canadian Legion Branch 503 is receiving $5,593 through the Community War Memorial funding via Veterans Affairs Canada’s Commemorative Partnership Program to replace and construct a new cenotaph.
The Onaping Falls Cenotaph commemorates the residents of Onaping Falls who lost their lives during the Second World War, some of whom still have descendants living in the community. A wreath is laid at the cenotaph every Decoration Day and Remembrance Day.
To preserve the heritage and history of the original monument, the existing plaque will be restored and installed on the new cenotaph. The inscription will read, “At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them” in both French and English.
The Falconbridge-Garson Royal Canadian Legion Branch 336 received $10,845 through the Veterans Organizations Emergency Support Fund (VOESF), a $20-million fund established to help Veterans groups with operational costs and financial shortfalls incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Specifically, this funding helped with snow plowing and their winter maintenance contract. It will also support the upcoming summer maintenance contract along with payments for utility bills.
“Legions play a critical role in our communities,” said Nickel Belt MP Marc Serré. “They offer a place to remember, to gather and to honour those who give so much for our country. The COVID-19 pandemic has left many Legions in difficult circumstances. Despite this, members are still finding innovative ways to make a positive impact in the lives of others and in the important commemoration of those lost. I am thrilled that both Legions have received assistance to bring their important initiatives to fruition.”
"The Onaping Falls Royal Canadian Legion Branch 503 is thankful for the federal funding enabling us to honour our local heroes with a new cenotaph,” said John Getchell, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 503 president. “Commemoration is an important part of keeping memories alive and paying respect to those who bravely served our country."
"The pandemic has had a significant impact on our fundraising capabilities and this investment has allowed us to keep our doors open to serve the members of our community at a time when they need it most," said Stuart O'Neil, president, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 336.