If anyone is looking for a tangible way to remember our veterans’ sacrifice for Remembrance Day tomorrow here is one way. Send a donation to Fredericton’s Legion Branch 4, so they can repair the cenotaph which was destroyed by vandals over the weekend.
“I almost fell on my knees. It hurt. Like I said … how can people sleep at night who did that — for the poor soldiers who fought for our country, for what we have that is so beautiful,” Perrault [Fredericton Legion President] said.
The cenotaph is the site of the main Remembrance Day event in the provincial capital. A three-metre-high granite cross atop the monument was toppled to the ground and smashed into pieces.
David Smith, who worked with the Royal Canadian Legion on the cenotaph project, said it will be difficult to explain to veterans when they arrive on Nov. 11 why this vandalism took place.
“I think its devastating to take into consideration the number of fallen people that we’ve had and this is a heck of a way to remember them and at this time of the year,” Smith said.
“And to devastate this particular monument is terrible.”
They have a Facebook page and are accepting donations. Here are some of the comments:
A support group was created on the social networking site Facebook on Monday afternoon to help repair the cenotaph.
Donations are being collected to repair the monument via Canada Helps:
Some of the comments on Facebook:
DESPICABLE! I hope our veterans know that there are people who appreciate their sacrifice and are proud of the freedom they fought for. The animals that did this make a mockery of freedom and humanity, both of which should be taken from them. Unbelievable disgrace!
The little jerks who did this should be forced to go fight on the front lines overseas, so that they can begin to understand the hardships that our vetrans faced for our freedom. This makes me sick to my stomach.
That’s pretty much the tone. If you don’t want to use the online link you can send a cheque to the Fredericton Legion Branch 4 at this address:
Branch 4 of the Royal Canadian Legion
PO Box 132
or via the NB Command :
490 Douglas Ave.
Saint John, New Brunswick
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