Save the Col. James Layton Ralston Armoury
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. email@example.com .