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The names etched in stone now stand out again as they did in 1921. It’s a wonderful sight to see.

Residents of Westville and the others who have contributed to the cenotaph restoration project are to be commended for efforts to see an important part of our history preserved.

This week restoration work is active at the site on Westville’s main street to the sculpture which was unveiled in 1921 to honour those who served in the First World War.

The sculpture is itself made with the highest quality of materials and was crafted by a famous sculpture Emanuel Hahn. Its design is one that was replicated throughout the country.

As we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War, it’s fitting that this restoration work should be done. The names written on it that deteriorated over time, should not be forgotten. Their sacrifice for our country was immense.

To see how quickly the $32,000 was raised for this project, goes to show that people in this community haven’t forgotten these people or the wars that they fought in.

With some new features added, including an interpretive panel that will detail other conflicts as well as the involvement of women in war, we hope that this will be come another reason for people to stop in Pictou County. The nearby Pictou County Military Museum is another stop worth making.

One man in particular deserves a lot of credit for this project. Vincent Joyce, who runs the Pictou County Military Museum chaired the restoration committee. He’s devoted so much of his life to making sure that people don’t forget the past wars. While much is tragic in battle, there is also much good that was shown during this time. The courage of men on the frontlines, the bravery of women who kept things going back home and others who risked their lives caring for the sick.

Thanks to those who remind us, lest we forget.

Organizations: Pictou County Military Museum

Geographic location: Westville, Pictou County

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