Pow­er­ful, si­lent re­minders

New mon­u­ment to be added to Carbonear Memo­rial Park

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY BILL BOW­MAN

A new mon­u­ment bear­ing the names of Carbonear sol­diers who paid the supreme sac­ri­fice in the two world wars will be un­veiled in the town’s War Memo­rial Park later this year.

Close to 50 sol­diers from Carbonear paid the supreme sac­ri­fice dur­ing the First and Sec­ond World Wars.

To make sure they will never be for­got­ten for their sac­ri­fice, their names will be en­graved on a new mon­u­ment to be placed in the Carbonear War Memo­rial Park.

The plaque which will take the shape of an open book will bear the names of all those who ei­ther died in com­bat or as a re­sult of wounds sus­tained dur­ing their ser­vice over­seas.

Mem­bers of the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch 23 and town of­fi­cials were on hand last Tues­day, Feb. 23 when Se­na­tor Fabian Man­ning an­nounced the depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs is pro­vid­ing $ 10,370 for the project.

More com­plete list­ing

The an­nounce­ment was made only a few feet from an older plaque which was orig­i­nally un­veiled in 1950 at the old Carbonear War Memo­rial Li­brary on Ban­ner­man Street. It was moved to the main foyer of the Con­cep­tion Bay Re­gional Com­mu­nity Cen­tre when the new War Memo­rial Li­brary opened there. While it con­tains some of the names, the new plaque will in­clude a more com­plete list­ing as the re­sult of re­search car­ried out by the Le­gion.

Char­lie Piercey, ser­vice of­fi­cer with Branch 23 ex­plained the new mon­u­ment is be­ing de­signed to take the shape of an open book to al­low the ad­di­tion of the names of any ca­su­al­ties from the Afghanistan or any other fu­ture con­flict.

“ Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Canada, through the Canada Re­mem­bers pro­gram en­deav­ours to keep alive the achieve­ments and sac­ri­fices made by those who served Canada in times of war, armed con­flict and peace and to pro­mote an un­der­stand­ing of the sig­nif­i­cance of th­ese ef­forts in Cana­dian life as we know it to­day,” Se­na­tor Man­ning told Le­gion­naires and town of­fi­cials gath­ered at the Con­cep­tion Bay Re­gional Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

De­scrib­ing ceno­taphs and mon­u­ments as, “si­lent but pow­er­ful re­minders of what our vet­er­ans ac­com­plished and sac­ri­ficed for all of us,” he sug­gested: “ To main­tain the faith our vet­er­ans placed in our fu­ture, we must main­tain mon­u­ments to their mem­ory and care for them with the dig­nity and grace they de­serve.”

Man­ning made the an­nounce­ment on be­half of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Min­is­ter Jean Pierre Black­burn, who said he was pleased his depart­ment was able to as­sist the town of Carbonear in con­serv­ing its memo­rial for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

The new mon­u­ment will oc­cupy a prom­i­nent lo­ca­tion just east of the ceno­taph in the Memo­rial Park, which was first opened and ded­i­cated in 1981. In 1982 the Le­gion turned the park over to the town of Carbonear, which has un­der­taken this lat­est project.

Mayor Sam Slade told The Com­pass the new ad­di­tion to the park should be in place in time for this year’s an­nual Memo­rial Day Ser­vice, July 1.

OPEN BOOK - Carbonear town coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives and mem­bers of Branch 23 Royal Cana­dian Le­gion chat with Se­na­tor Fabian Man­ning in the Carbonear Memo­rial Park. Se­na­tor Man­ning an­nounced last week Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Canada is pro­vid­ing over $10,000 for a new plaque for the park. Clock­wise from left: deputy mayor Ches Ash, Se­na­tor Man­ning, mayor Sam Slade, Char­lie Piercey, ser­vice of­fi­cer with the Le­gion and Jim O’Driscoll, Le­gion mem­ber.

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