Best Day Ever

Jamie Heap
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Malagash Holds Spectacular Cenotaph Rededication ceremony

Volunteer firefighters and cadets alike gathered at the Malagash cenotaph Saturday on the occasion of its rededication ceremony, a ceremony which included several fly-overs by a Canadian Armed Forces' fighter jet.

MALAGASH-People from all walks and stages of their lives attended the culmination of the Malagash cenotaph restoration committee’s hard work Saturday in the north shore border community situated between Cumberland and Colchester counties.

Prior to the cenotaph rededication ceremony, which included a parade of cadets from Greenwood  (14 Wing  air cadet squadron) and Tatamagouche (596 Phoenix air cadet squadron), a fly-over from a Canadian Armed Forces fighter jet prompted a young male youth in the crowd to exclaim that Saturday was the “best day ever!”

Members of the Wallace Fire Department and Pugwash RCMP also participated.

In addition to several fly-overs before and during the rededication ceremony, a number of dignitaries were on hand to take part in the monumental event that was presided over master of ceremonies Russ Durling of the Royal Canadian Legion.

“I’m here today to represent all of the legions in the province,” stated Ronald Trowsdale, president of the Nova Scotia-Nunavut Command of the Royal Canadian Legion. “The members of the Malagash cenotaph rededication committee, as well as members of the Malagash Branch No. 97 of the Royal Canadian Legion, should be very proud of what they’ve accomplished,” he added.

Durling praised Anita Ingram for bringing her Tatamagouche air cadets to the site of the Malagash cenotaph on Saturday, a site that boasts a rich heritage of its own.

According to Durling, the roots of the original Malagash cenotaph, its committee and the plot of land that the current cenotaph is situated on, can be traced back to 1926. After an initial donation of $50.00 by members of the Malagash cenotaph committee circa 1926, an Alexander MacIntosh of River Hebert donated a plot of land to the committee that was chaired by Captain MacKinnon in July of 1926.

By the end of 1927, $296.00 had been raised by the committee. The original Malagash cenotaph, which was made by Tingley Monuments, was dedicated on May 24, 1928. By June of 1928, the Malagash cenotaph was paid for in full.

As for the current Malagash cenotaph restoration committee, it began clearing the overgrown cenotaph plot of bushes earlier this year. Donations from the local community, the Municipality of Cumberland County and hundreds of hours of work culminated in the creation of a plot three times bigger than the original one.

Guest speakers included Lieutenant-Colonel Edwin Cosstick, councillor Lynn Welton and the MP for Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Scott Armstrong.

“It’s great to see such a great turn out for a celebration such as this,” stated Armstrong. “The presence of young families especially shows the work that the legions are doing in schools is paying off,” he added. “It’s an honour to be here.”

Cumberland North candidates Terry Farrell and Judi Giroux were also on hand to witness the Malagash cenotaph rededication ceremony. “As a legion member, this is a great day for Malagash and area,” stated Giroux. “This is a great venue for the Malagash area. I just wanted to say ‘Congratulations to the people of Malagash.’”



Organizations: Royal Canadian Legion, Canadian Armed Forces, Wallace Fire Department Nova Scotia-Nunavut Command Malagash Branch

Geographic location: Colchester, Phoenix, River Hebert Cumberland County Cumberland North

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