Many war memorials, veterans' graves in bad shape

The Canada Gate Memorial in London's Green Park is one of the monuments in need of repair

An audit of Canadian war memorials and graves both abroad and at home has revealed that about a quarter of them are in need of repair.

This comes as Canada, like many other countries around the world, prepares for the centennary of the beginning of the First World War and the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Second.

The audit blames budget cuts and a Veterans Affair staff lacking in maintenance expertise for the poor state of many memorials in Europe and veterans graves in Canada.

The federal government says it takes the issue seriously. It has already restored several important monuments, including the huge one at Vimy Ridge, that look to feature prominently in this year's commemorative services.

But even Canada's main overseas memorial, in London's Green Park, was singled out by the audit.

A representative from the Royal Canadian Legion headquarters in Ottawa said part of the problem lies in the sheer number of small and hard to find cemeteries and memorials scattered across the country and abroad.

Canada spends about $3-million on grave and memorial maintenance annually. 

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  1. ric posted on 01/29/2014 09:32 AM
    It's a shame that there's no money for veterans, however there's tons of money for senators, oil mega companies, foreign aid to war lord ruled countries, golden hand shakes to politicians, etc. Give the veterans some dignity, they deserve it.
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