With a promise to “Remember Them,” Amherst Mayor David Kogon, Royal Canadian Legion Br. 10 Amherst President Roy Porter and North Nova Scotia Highlander Museum Curator Ray Coulson dedicated the new North Nova Scotia Highlander Memorial Mural on Nov. 10.
Located on the side of town hall, at the corner of Laplanche and East Victoria streets, the mural is a replica of a mural erected on a building at the corner of Havelock and Ratchford streets 13 years ago by the North Nova Scotia Highlander Memory Club and the Amherst Downtown Revitalization Society.
The original mural, like the new one, honours the memory of the North Nova Scotia Highlanders, an infantry regiment that was formed in Amherst at the start of the Second World War, landed in France on D-Day, June 6, 1944, and fought with distinction across Europe until the end of the war in May 1945.
The Amherst Heritage Trust took the top-ranking following presentations by three community groups seeking an inaugural ‘A’ Fresh Community Initiative grant, but all three organizations came out winners.
Presentations made by the Trust, Amherst Valentine Run Committee and the Sexual Health Centre for Cumberland County on Oct. 25 at the Community Credit Union Innovation Centre impressed the audience and members of town council.
Korean War Veteran Jack Perry paid tribute to Canada’s veterans on Oct. 26 when he pinned a poppy on Amherst Mayor David Kogon’s vest.
“The poppy is worn to honour Canada’s Fallen,” Perry, the organizer of the local poppy campaign and the Sergeant at Arms of Royal Canadian Legion Br. 10 Amherst, said.
A young man with a big smile whose joy in life was bringing laughter into the lives of his family and friends was remembered on Oct. 24 when a unique bench was dedicated to the memory of Christopher Baxter.
Baxter, a former member of the Amherst Youth Town Council who died a year ago, was one of the sparkplugs behind the creation of the Lions’ Skate Park. The bench, made from skate boards donated by his friends, sits overlooking the park he helped bring into existence.
In an email read at the dedication, lifelong friend Ashley Bickerton, who now lives in Toronto, said: “Some days heaven may seem far, but Chris has never left our sides and he is strongly with us today. For many, this skatepark will always be a place to remember and share great memories of our fun, loving, strong-willed friend. Now we have a beautiful bench made out of our friends’ boards to sit and do just that – anytime we like.