Lord’s Cove women starts re­mem­brance project

Mar­garet Mary Martin col­lect­ing names of veter­ans

The Southern Gazette - - Front Page - BY COLIN FAR­RELL LORD’S COVE, N.L. Colin.far­[email protected]­erngazette.ca

When Mar­garet Mary Martin of Lord’s Cove first got the idea to start col­lect­ing names of veter­ans from Lord’s Cove, she wasn’t quite sure what to ex­pect.

“It all just started with a cu­rios­ity,” Martin told The South­ern Gazette on Nov. 14.

She added it was the week be­fore Re­mem­brance Day when she started won­der­ing how many peo­ple from Lord’s Cove had served in the mil­i­tary over the years.

“So, I put the post on Face­book and I’m now up to 66 names of ei­ther peo­ple that have had served or are cur­rently serv­ing,” she said. “That’s one-third of our pop­u­la­tion — there’s about 150 (peo­ple) now, but at any given time it was less than 200.”

When Martin started the project, she did so with two goals in mind. The first was to col­lect the names. The sec­ond was to en­cour­age peo­ple to re­mem­ber those from the com­mu­nity who served and are cur­rently serv­ing.

“I can’t get over how many peo­ple took an in­ter­est into it,” said Martin, “I have phone calls from all over say­ing have you got my grand­fa­ther’s name, my un­cles name, or great un­cle, or this one or that one.”

She added that some­one had told her Vet­eran Af­fairs Canada pro­vides fund­ing for ceno­taphs.

“So I got on the ball and started call­ing peo­ple and now I got the ap­pli­ca­tion to fill out and if it’s suc­cess­ful, please God next Novem­ber we’ll have our own for Re­mem­brance Day,” Martin said.

Martin said she missed the dead­line for projects this year, but will ap­ply for fund­ing for projects start­ing af­ter July 1, and it takes 12 weeks to process the ap­pli­ca­tion.

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Mar­garet Mary Martin

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