Malagash holds spectacular cenotaph rededication

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By Jamie Heap, TC MEDIA

MALAGASH – People from all walks and stages of life attended the culmination of the Malagash cenotaph restoration committee’s hard work Saturday in the North Shore community situated between Cumberland and Colchester counties.

Prior the rededication ceremony of the community’s cenotaph, which included a parade of cadets from Greenwood and Tatamagouche, 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.

A number of dignitaries were on hand to take part in the event presided over by master of ceremonies Russ Durling of the Royal Canadian Legion, and Nunavut-Nova Scotia Command president Ronald Trowsdale as a guest speaker.

“I’m here today to represent all of the legions in the province,” said Trowsdale. “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.”

According to Durling, the roots of the original Malagash cenotaph, its committee and the plot of land the cenotaph is situated on can be traced back to 1926. After an initial donation of $50 by members of the Malagash cenotaph committee circa 1926, an Alexander MacIntosh of River Hebert donated a plot of land to the committee chaired by Captain MacKinnon.

By the end of 1927, $296 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.

“It’s great to see such a great turn out for a celebration such as this,” Scott Armstrong, MP for Cumberland-Colchester Upper Musquodoboit, said. “The presence of young families especially shows the work that the legions are doing in schools is paying off. It’s an honour to be here.”

 

 

 

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