EDITOR’S NOTE: While this event happened two months ago, it is being run now at the request of the Sunny Brae War Memorial Society.
The tiny village of Sunny Brae, 18 miles up the East River from New Glasgow, was teeming with more than 300 individuals who attended the inaugural Nov. 11, 2013, Remembrance Day Service at the Sunny Brae Veteran’s Memorial.
Federal Minister of Justice, Peter MacKay unveiled the portion of the memorial that displayed the names of two WWII Veterans, which have been recently added to the memorial – brothers Chester and Earl Fraser of St. Pauls.
Eighty-eight year old Earl Fraser attended the service with his wife and family. Chester Fraser has passed away; however, his children and grandchildren were in attendance. Since the service Earl has also passed away.
Rev. Glen Matheson of New Glasgow led in the singing of O Canada, prayer and God Save the Queen.
Clarrie MacKinnon, former MLA for Pictou East was the guest speaker and Peter MacKay read aloud the 90 names of the WW1 and WWII Veterans that grace the memorial.
Many of the direct descendants of the Scottish Highland settlers who first settled in Sunny Brae were present and laid wreaths. The first settler in Sunny Brae was Peter Cruikshank who was a native of Strathspey, Scotland. He arrived in Pictou in 1789 and in 1792 was reported to have 200 acres of land and a cow. The descendants of Peter Cruickshank were indeed well-represented at the service.
The first major settlement of Scottish settlers who settled in Sunny Brae, came to Pictou in 1801 and settled in Sunny Brae in 1802. Direct descendants of these settlers (Chisholm, Cumming, Fraser, Grant, Kennedy and Macdonald) were visible in the crowd.
Catered by the members of the Sunny Brae Rebekah Lodge, a reception followed in the Sunny Brae IOOF Hall. A crowd favourite in attendance was eight-month-old Kian MacKay, son of Peter and Nazanin MacKay.