One phase down
Ceremony celebrates completion of first stage of Lawn’s Trail of Heroes
A ceremony and ribbon cutting was held to celebrate the completion of the first phase of the Trail of Heroes at the Royal Canadian Legion in Lawn on Oct. 10.
The Little Lawn Memorial Trail of Heroes Committee was formed in 2013.
The group of dedicated and diligent volunteers have been working hard to develop a 16kilometre trail from Webbers Cove to Little Lawn Point.
The trail will serve as a memorial of the brave men of Lawn who risked their lives to save those of 137 sailors from the USS Pollux and 42 sailors from the USS Truxtun – two American naval ships that were lost off the coast of the Burin Peninsula during a fierce winter storm on Feb. 18, 1942.
The committee is following through on a dream held by Jason Brockerville to honour the heroes and build a trail to allow the public to view the rocky cliffs that those men trekked that cold day.
As an 11-year-old boy, Brock- erville was present for an emotional meeting between Pollux survivor Henry Strauss and his rescuer James Drake. The Little Lawn Memorial Trail of Heroes Committee is following through on a dream held by Jason Brockerville. As a boy he was present for this meeting between USS Pollux survivor Henry Strauss and his rescuer James Drake in 1988. Brockerville, who died in 2014 at the age of 36, wanted to see a trail built to honour Lawn’s heroes and allow the public to view the rescue site.
It was a scene that impacted his life forever, one that was etched into his heart and brain, generating a curiosity and an interest that he carried with him until his early death at the age of 36 in 2014.
Over two years of canvassing the federal and provincial governments, fundraising, sending letters to families of the USS Pollux and local support, funds have poured in, making it possible to complete Phase 1 and start Phase 2.
Phase 1 was completed mainly due to the generous donation from the Cox family of Lawn in memory of their dad, Fred. Cox’s Construction cleared and repaired the portion of the trail from Lawn to Little Lawn, allowing vehicles to travel up to that point.
The ribbon cutting involved members of the families of the heroes. Each family member was given a pair of scissors and a section of the large yellow ribbon containing the name of their loved one.
The sections of the ribbon were given to the family members as keepsakes.
The committee’s goal is to complete the trail by 2017. The date to start Phase 2 has not been yet established.
A ribbon cutting was held to celebrate the completion of the first phase of the Trail of Heroes at the Royal Canadian Legion in Lawn on Oct. 10. The event was moved inside due to poor weather.