Save the Col. James Lay­ton Ral­ston Ar­moury

The Amherst News - - CUMBERLAND COUNTY - Wal­ter Jones Wal­ter Jones is a mem­ber of the Amherst Her­itage Trust and a free­lance writer who lives in Amherst.

Some­times I de­spair about mo­ti­vat­ing peo­ple in our Town of Amherst to take an in­ter­est in some of my pas­sions.

Of course the old say­ing ‘it is hard to con­tem­plate drain­ing the swamp when you are up to you’re a** in al­li­ga­tors,’ could also ap­ply.

A lot of peo­ple in our town are just mak­ing it from one pay­cheque to the next and some are just hop­ing to have a pay­cheque. They can be ex­cused.

Then there are oth­ers who can­not see the sense in get­ting in­volved. We are in dan­ger of los­ing our ar­mouries and the mem­ory mu­seum that it con­tains.

I men­tioned this to a friend who said he couldn’t get ex­cited about try­ing to save old build­ings. I will re­peat what I told him.

The ar­mouries is not only an old build­ing - it was built in 1915 - it is also a reg­is­tered her­itage build­ing. This in it­self would be enough to fight to save it. This build­ing is much more than that. It was a re­cruit­ing sta­tion for two world wars. It was the home of the North Nova Sco­tia High­landers. Our young men in Cum­ber­land County signed up and of­fered to give their lives to de­fend, not only our coun­try, but also our way of life.

Many who joined did pay with their lives. This build­ing is an icon to their prom­ise and sac­ri­fice. It is also the home to three cadet units, our fu­ture mil­i­tary, and as I said the North Nova Sco­tia High­landers mil­i­tary mu­seum.

We at Amherst and Area Her­itage Trust have started a let­ter writ­ing cam­paign to try to save our ar­mouries from the wreck­ing ball. Will you join us?

Some email ad­dresses in­clude: De­fence Min­is­ter Har­jit Singh Sa­j­janDND_MND@forces. gc.ca , NDP de­fence critic Ran­dal Gar­ri­son ran­dall.gar­ri­son@ parl.gc.ca and Con­ser­va­tive de­fence critic James Bezan james. bezan@parl.gc.ca .

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