Funding shortage leaves 45,000 Canadian war graves in disrepair, audit finds

OTTAWA — The grave markers standing in orderly rows are clean and well-maintained on a brilliant summer afternoon.

The words on each are easy to read, even those carved decades ago, while the grey stones are all clean, the surrounding grass and flowers are trim and manicured.

Such a sight might not be a surprise at the National Military Cemetery in Ottawa, but a new Veterans Affairs audit has found that tens of thousands of other such graves across Canada are in disrepair.

The culprit? A...

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