April 9th, 2019 – Havelock, NB
Canada’s veterans and active service personnel continue to protect our freedom and values we hold as Canadians. April 9th was commemorated in 2003 as Vimy Ridge Day to honour the service and sacrifice of the Canadian Corps during the First World War Battle of Vimy Ridge.
Alaina Lockhart, Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal, joined Eddie Vaughn, Havelock Legion President, Reid Cruickshank and Glenn Maxwell, members of the Havelock Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 86 to celebrate the completion of the restoration work on the two cenotaphs in Havelock: In Memory of the Boys of the District of Havelock Monument and the Lower Ridge Cenotaph.
The two cenotaphs hold significant meaning in the community and required major restorations to ensure they can continue to honour the memory of our veterans for generations to come. MP Lockhart visited the completed Cenotaphs to announce that Veterans Affairs Canada provided $2,200 towards the restoration costs.
The Havelock Legion holds a memorial service each year on November 11th at the In Memory of the Boys of the District of Havelock Monument that is located in the centre of the community. The monument was built in 1921 and commemorates local soldiers who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars.
The Lower Ridge Cenotaph was unveiled on August 29th 1920, and is the oldest War Memorial in New Brunswick and honours the sacrifice of local veterans in the First World War.
The two monuments are cared for and maintained by the Havelock Royal Canadian Legion, Branch No. 86 and commemorate the impact of veterans not only today, on Vimy Ridge Day, but all throughout the year.
“Honouring those who have given so much to our country is something Canadian communities have been doing for generations. We owe a debt to those who served and to those who paid the ultimate price. The Government of Canada proudly supports the people of Havelock who helped restore a space where all of us can pay homage to and remember the service of Canadian Veterans and the fallen.” The Honourable Lawrence MacAulayMinister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence
“Canada`s veterans have bravely defended our country`s most cherished values of peace, democracy, and security. The completed restoration work is a testament to our community`s commitment to remembering our veterans. Thank you to the dedication and hard work of the Havelock Legion to maintain the cenotaphs and to honour the sacrifice and service of our veterans. Lest we forget."Alaina LockhartMember of Parliament for Fundy Royal
“We have three cenotaphs in our area that we have the privilege to look after. We are very proud to have the Provinces oldest War Memorial as one of them. The funding provided was a tremendous help in the upkeep and preservence of our cenotaphs. These three cenotaphs are of great importance to our area. Thanks you to everyone involved in helping to maintain these important memorials."Eddie VaughanPresident of Havelock Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 86
- The In Memory of the Boys of the District of Havelock Monument was erected by relatives of the deceased in 1921 and commemorates local soldiers who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars. On the base at the front is a depiction of crossed rifles. It originally contained a die with ten names of those who died in the First World War. In September 1955, a brass plaque was added with eight names of those who died in the Second World War.
- The Lower Ridge Cenotaph located in a cemetery in Havelock was built in 1920 and commemorates local soldiers who lost their lives in the First World War.
- Planned restoration included resurfacing the monument base; cleaning the monument; restoring the plaque; repainting all engraved lettering; replacing damaged grout; applying a sealant to the finished cement base; removing growth surrounding the base of the monument; and applying a protective coating to the monument.
- The Havelock Royal Canadian Legion, Branch No. 86 was formed in 1953.
- The Commemorative Partnership Program (CPP) is a modest funding program that helps communities across the country honour the contributions and sacrifice of those who have served in Canada’s military over the years
- The Government of Canada has improved the services and benefits offered to Veterans and their caregivers and families. To all Veterans, members of the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and their families—Veterans Affairs Canada is here for you. Learn how we can help at veterans.gc.ca/services
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