Amherst Remembers project to honour veterans

Jocelyn Turner
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Town councillor Dave March (left) and Arts, Heritage and Culture co-ordinator Andrew MacGregor go over plans for the kiosk behind them in Victoria Square. The kiosk will soon display the Amherst Remembers project, a project that will feature photos and names of veterans in the area.

AMHERST – The kiosk in the Victoria Square will be used for more than just updating passers by on upcoming local events. The town of Amherst recently received funding to begin their Amherst Remembers project, remembering veterans in the Amherst and Cumberland County area.

“It’s a really great way to provide visual and literary representation of how many people have served our country who have ties to this area,” said MacGregor.

MacGregor said the idea was originally the ‘brain child’ of former town councillor Dale Fawthrope. The town applied to Veterans Affairs for funding, who recently acknowledge the plan and provided the town with some financial assistance.

“We’re not worried if the person served in the military out west and then retired here, or served when they were 18 and now live in Alberta,” said Andrew MacGregor, the Arts, Heritage and Culture co-ordinator for the town of Amherst. “We’d love those people to be involved.”

The kiosk in Victoria Square is set to be the first one to hold the project. There will be a monitor where one of the panels is in place that will display the names and photos, on a rotation, throughout the year.

“If you’re walking by the kiosk in the square and you have a minute, you stand there and look,” he said. “You can see a few names then and come back in a few days and see a few more names. And over the course of a period of time, you get the whole picture.”

MacGregor said he is also looking to create a hardcopy of the final project, which he is hoping to lend out to schools and service clubs in the area to have on display.

Town councillor David March thought the idea was a great way to increase remembrance of Amherst and area’s servicemen and women throughout the year.

“These people made admirable contributions to our history,” said March. “In some way, in addition to the names on the cenotaph, we should give more to these people who could have given their lives.”

Curator of the North Nova Scotia Highlanders Regimental Museum said the project will be a great way to remember and honour our veterans, especially with many of them having passed away.

“There are still lot of men around who served in Korea, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and that type of thing,” said Coulson. “I think that in the Maritimes, we’ve put out more than our share of men to various military organizations. It’s great that they will be recognized.”

Anyone who has any photos of loved ones who is a veteran can contact Andrew MacGregor at 902-667-6519 or by email at amacgregor@amherst.ca. All submissions will require the name of the veteran, years of service, branch, hometown, date of birth or death (if applicable), and a photo. Anyone unable to email the photo can make an appointment with MacGregor to have the photo scanned and immediately returned to the family.

jturner@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Veterans Affairs, North Nova Scotia Highlanders Regimental Museum

Geographic location: AMHERST, Victoria Square, Cumberland County Alberta Korea Bosnia Afghanistan

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