Spring meetings to discuss war memorial for Cabot Trail
Community meetings will be held in northern Cape Breton this spring to discuss the proposed Never Forgotten National Memorial.
The proposed memorial in northern Cape Breton
Last summer Parks Canada made the project public and agreed to provide a parcel of land at Green Cove.
Parks Canada pointed out that more than 114,000 Canadians killed in wars outside Canada lie buried in foreign lands, were lost at sea, or were consumed into the landscapes of war. As the world rapidly approaches the centennial of the First World War and the 75th anniversary of the Second World War, and as Canada approaches its 150th birthday, a new Canadian foundation is proposing to raise funds to build a major new national memorial at home on Canadian soil to honour Canadian war dead, wherever they may lie.
With the support and encouragement of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the Never Forgotten National Memorial Foundation has developed a vision to create the Never Forgotten National Memorial as a tribute to those who sacrificed their lives for their fellow Canadians. The Never Forgotten National Memorial is proposed to be built along the Cabot Trail at Green Cove in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
This rocky point of land is a symbolic setting, oriented towards Europe and the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France. Parks Canada is working with the foundation to develop a plan to accommodate such a memorial, which will be donated to the people of Canada upon completion.
The Never Forgotten Memorial Foundation was founded by Tony Patrick Trigiani, president of Norstar Corporation, in 2011.
The memorial is supposed to be built on a one-hectare piece of land at Green Cove between Ingonish and Neilís Harbour. It will cost about $25 million and would be privately funded.
The president of the Royal Canadian Legion branch in Ingonish, Gordon Rideout, told the press that while he supports the memorial he doesnít think Green Cove is the best location.
Rideout pointed out that Green Cove is one of the most beautiful lookoffs and that the Cabot Trail would have to be rerouted if it is placed there.
He suggested Black Brook that already has parking and washroom facilities.
Others feel the monument is too grand, and others believe it doesnít belong in the National Park. Even though it is privately funded, some feel the money could be better spent.
There are many who love the idea to honour Canadians who died in foreign wars with a monument across from Vimy Ridge and welcome the added traffic a memorial like this would attract.
Before 1970, Canadian soldiers were buried where they died. The memorial would reach out to the 114,000.
The dates of the public meetings will be announced soon.
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