Bet­ter ways to hon­our vet­er­ans

Cape Breton Post - - EDITORIAL -

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

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