Better ways to honour veterans
I have been reading about the socalled war memorial to veterans proposed to be built in Green Cove.
We have been told this is to be built with private money, but where did the initial $100,000 for the proposal and
research come from? Was it from someone’s personal account or did this come from the taxpayers?
This monument means nothing to the mothers of veterans who will never return home and it shows no respect to veterans still living or who have passed.
Throughout our rural communi- ties, you will find cenotaphs erected in memory of fallen soldiers. The funds for these were raised through hard work and fundraising by other veterans. These are truly respectful and tasteful dedications to fallen soldiers. These cenotaphs are where mothers of fallen soldiers have laid wreaths in their honour for decades.
It is my suggestion that if private donors truly want to do good in honour of our veterans that they consider donating to mental health, food banks or shelters.
Most soldiers who did return from war suffered from PTSD and because PTSD was not yet considered a disease many of these men ended up as alcoholics. They lived in horrible circumtances.
I truly feel that any soldier, dead or alive, would rather see any of the money spent already on this project used to do real good both here at home or in countries currently being torn apart by war.
If Nova Scotians have a desire to see a respectful memorial park go to Port Hawkesbury and see the Veterans Park. It is a tasteful tribute to those who have served. Colleen Beaton West Bay Road