Set­ting the record straight on Is­land Cove mon­u­ment

The Compass - - OPINION -

I am writ­ing this let­ter to the edi­tor con­cern­ing an ar­ti­cle on Page A9 of the June 24 print edi­tion of The Com­pass head­lined “Up­per Is­land Cove Ceno­taph re­ceives a facelift.”

There are sev­eral er­rors/omis­sions through­out the ar­ti­cle that I would like to cor­rect. Of im­por­tance, Wil­liam Young and Gor­don Young are mem­bers of the Royal Cana­dian Legion Branch No. 22 of Up­per Is­land Cove, just a cou­ple vet­er­ans of many who helped when ini­ti­at­ing the Legion and the mon­u­ment.

The war me­mo­rial in our com­mu­nity is a very im­por­tant piece in­volv­ing our people of the past, present and fu­ture. It was dis­heart­en­ing to see the RCL Branch No. 22 was not men­tioned once in this ar­ti­cle.

The grant ap­plied for was not a provin­cial grant but rather a grant that was ap­proved by the Ceno­taph/Mon­u­ment Restora­tion Pro­gram un­der Vet­eran Af­fairs Canada.

Also, the pro­gram fund­ing was ap­plied for by the Up­per Is­land Cove Royal Cana­dian Legion Branch No. 22 in the fall of 2010.

In Oc­to­ber 2011, the fund­ing was ap­proved with the con­di­tions that it would be cost-shared 50/50 be­tween Branch No. 22 and Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Canada, to a max­i­mum con­tri­bu­tion grant amount.

As of June 29, 2014, there will be no more fundrais­ing for the mon­u­ment for this fis­cal year due to the won­der­ful do­na­tions that have been re­ceived to date. Branch No. 22 will see that the flag pole and grounds around the mon­u­ment will be com­pleted be­tween this sum­mer and fall.

As pres­i­dent of Branch No. 22, I would like to thank the pub­lic and vol­un­teers for their sup­port in at­tend­ing the many events to help get the mon­u­ment re­done, so we could do our part to meet the pro­gram re­quire­ments.

— Harold Mercer is pres­i­dent of the Royal Cana­dian Legion Branch No. 22 in Up­per Is­land Cove.

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