David Tilson announces funding to restore Mansfield Cenotaph

November 13, 2012




From left to right Blaunshe Ciach, Marlene McLaren, David Tilson MP  Jane Hawkins, Alina Greer, Norma Gallaugher , Isabel Ireland ,Earl Hawkins ( Mulmur councilor)

Mansfield, ON –
David Tilson, Member of Parliament for Dufferin–Caledon, today announced a contribution of  $5,000 to restore the Mansfield Cenotaph, which is erected in memory of those who served and those who lost their lives in the First World War, the Second World War and the Korean War.

“I thank the members of the Mansfield Women’s Institute for their work and dedication to this cenotaph,” said MP Tilson. “Our Government is proud to help communities look after special places of remembrance such as the Mansfield Cenotaph.”

The Mansfield Women’s Institute has taken the lead in fundraising to have the cenotaph restored. Restoration work included fixing the cement work, addition of a new cap built, replacing damaged stones and joint work, and repairing the foundation. A new bronze plaque has been ordered and will read: “TO HONOUR THOSE WHO ENSURED SO MUCH FOR OUR PEACE AND FREEDOM” A pathway has been built to improve accessibility and a flag stone pathway to a bench on which people can rest and reflect.

“With the financial help this funding provided our group was happy to take on the responsibility of this  project, ensuring this cenotaph will be here for many more years to come” .said Jane Hawkins Chairperson for the Mansfield Cenotaph Project and Mansfield Women’s Institute Member.

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 can be submitted at any time during the year. Interested non-profit groups and other organizations may be eligible for funding. For more information, please visit veterans.gc.ca.