Green Cove perfect for war memorial
When I was president of the Dominion Command in 2012, I visited Vimy Ridge. I was in the company of David Johnston (Governor General of Canada), MP Peter Stoffer and Stephen Blaney (Minister of Veterans Affairs).
While we toured nine different grave sites it was heartbreaking to see a maple leaf on the top, a cross in the middle and unknown across the bottom of the headstones. We knew they were Canadians because of the maple leaf. These are the men and women that left their families to never come home again.
Not everyone can afford a trip to France to see where a loved one lays to rest. By erecting the ‘Mother Canada’ war memorial, loved ones can go and see the name of the family member they have lost and feel honoured that they have not been forgotten.
The war memorial will have the 114,000 names of the veterans who lost their lives in the First World War, the Second World War, Korean War and other conflicts.
Green Cove is the prefect site for the this monument this is because it will be facing the memorial in Vimy Ridge that has the names of the veterans who lost their lives so we can be free. If it wasn’t for these brave veterans, one could only imagine what Canada would be like today.
The community surrounding Green Cove supports this project and the few that do not support it are not from the immediate area. To state information such as Parks Canada giving $100,000 toward the project is misleading and not true. No monies were given by Parks Canada nor has the Canadian government contributed any monies toward this project.
It will be a privately funded initiative and it is being spearheaded by Tony Trigiano, a businessman from Ontario.
This project will also help the economy of Cape Breton. There are cruise ships that will pass this memorial five months of the year and no doubt some of the passengers will book tour buses in order to visit. There will also be tourists coming from all over the world to see the memorial which will boost tourism and will create jobs. How can anyone say no to this when looking at the whole vision?
In 2012, I was contacted by Helen Robichaud ( former superintendant of Parks Canada) who informed me of Trigiano’s plan for the ‘Mother Canada’ war memorial. She asked me what place I would suggest it be erected and I suggested Green Cove would be the perfect place.
Robichaud sent Trigiano a picture of Green Cove and after making a trip to the site he agreed. Green Cove is the perfect spot for the this memorial.