Recognizing Springhill’s civilian soldiers

Jocelyn Turner jturner@amherstdaily.com
Published on October 13, 2012
Springhill members of the First Battalion The Nova Scotia Highlanders (North) marched in in the Freedom of the Town of Springhill parade Saturday morning in downtown Springhill. 
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SPRINGHILL – The Cumberland Regiment came into active service during the war of 1812, two hundred years ago. The 1st Battalion, The Nova Scotia Highlanders (North) recognized the civilian soldiers in a Freedom of the Town of Springhill parade Saturday morning in downtown Springhill.

 “This is all for the celebration of the war of 1812,” said Lt. Col. Shawn Hale.

The battalion marched through downtown and stopped at town hall to greet the mayor, who did a walk through inspection.

Hale said they wanted to celebrate the Cumberland Regiment and its civilian soldiers who came into active service all those years ago.

“The war of 1812 has great significance to Canadian history,” he said. “It was the first time citizens across our country stood up to defend and really bring together our national identity.”

The Freedom of the Towns, Hale said, is important to him and the other member of the battalion because it shows that the towns they represent as citizen soldiers recognize the importance of their battalion and the citizen soldiers in the communities of Nova Scotia.

Mayor Allen Dill and Youth Council Mayor Luke Jackson were very pleased to have the 1st Battalion come to Springhill to honour the Cumberland Regiment.

“I think it shows the commitment of our town and that we respect and honour all those who fought for us and also, the freedoms that we have,” said Dill. “We so often forget what those freedoms are and take for granted but this will demonstrate that we don’t take them for granted.”

Dill asked the Youth Council Mayor Jackson to join him at the ceremony to show that the town’s history and the history of their armed forces.

“We want to always respect the armed forces and those who have given their lives to make (Springhill) such a beautiful place to live.”

The battalion travelled to Parrsboro to honour the Parrsboro Corp that came into active service during the year 1812 that afternoon. Sunday, they will head to Antigonish for another Freedom of the town ceremony.

jturner@amherstdaily.com