Simcoe-Grey MP Dr. Kellie Leitch announced $25,000 in funding from Veterans Affairs Canada to restore the Collingwood Honour Walls, which serve as a site of personal reflection for veterans, families, friends and visitors to Collingwood.
The Honour Walls are located at the Collingwood Museum, and were erected in 2002. Members of the public were invited to purchase a brick to be inscribed in dedication to a loved one who served as a member of the military in World War I or II or any other military conflict.
Since the Honour Walls were installed, moisture, vine growth and weather damage has caused the inscriptions to become illegible, and any attempts to repair the inscriptions could cause further damage.
"This contribution will allow us to complete the repairs that are required to restore these Honour Walls to a state that is even better than the original," said Collingwood Mayor Sandra Cooper. "Restoring the Honour Walls is important, not only to the history of the area, but also to the family members of the veterans memorialized here."
Dr. Leitch shared Mayor Cooper's sentiments.
"Our Government is proud to help communities preserve and restore special places of remembrance, like the Collingwood Walls of Honour, to ensure each generation will learn about and appreciate Canadian Veterans and what they fought so valiantly for," said Dr. Leitch.
Dr. Leitch joined Mayor Cooper and members of Council to announce the funding, which will allow new granite sheets, with the original inscriptions recreated, to be fastened onto the monuments.