Setting the record straight on Island Cove monument
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.