Green Cove per­fect for war me­mo­rial

Cape Breton Post - - EDITORIAL - Neil McKin­non, Im­me­di­ate Past Pres­i­dent of Do­min­ion Com­mand ANAVETS in Canada, Pres­i­dent of the C.B. Dis­trict Vet­er­ans Com­fort Fund

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.

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