180 Rally to Support Highlands Park War Memorial
About 180 people who support a controversial war memorial in the Highlands National Park gathered for a rally at the proposed site in Green Cove, yesterday.
Rally organizer Lisa MacLeod says the rally was held to express the positives of the project that has critics claiming the memorial will spoil the natural beauty of the park.
She adds people at the rally came from surrounding communities as well as far away as Sydney and New Waterford.
Retired major-general and Truro-area native Lewis MacKenzie who’s an honourary patron of the project spoke to the crowd by phone from Ottawa.
MacKenzie told them that the monument also includes an annual ceremony where soil from European battlefields will be placed in cairns at Green Cove following a three-month journey across Canada.
The memorial featuring a large statue called Mother Canada is a project of a private group called the Never Forgotten National Memorial Foundation in partnership with the federal government.