Tignish and area veterans find place in memorial garden
By Zack Metcalfe
The memories of five more veterans were welcomed into the Tignish Memorial Gardens this Sunday.
“One of our cornerstones of existence is to remember, and to promote remembrance in the community,” said Floyd Gaudet, member of the Tignish Legion and chairperson of the Memorial Garden Committee. He said the garden was created five years ago to further that goal of remembrance, and at the time trees were planted to honour the memories of veterans. Since then, they’ve had to find more planting space.
“Each tree in here has been bought by a family honouring a veteran,” said Mr Gaudet. “After we did the initial planting, we had a lot of people coming forward asking if they could get a tree. We actually carved a space in the back here for an additional five trees, which we dedicated on Sunday.”
The families of the five veterans were in attendance during the dedication ceremony, held Sept 29. A bio was read for each veteran, them a plaque was unveiled in front of each tree. Mr Gaudet said there were between 80-100 people in attendance for the ceremony. Afterward they had a gathering in the Legion building.
Mr Gaudet said the families only had to cover the cost of their tree to have it planted; this makes a total of 31 memorial trees at the Tignish Legion. The garden can’t fit any more he doesn’t think, but there are other ways Tignish and area veterans can be added. There are benches, and a donor wall where plaques can be displayed.
“If anyone wanted to have their fallen family member notarized here in the park, they can still get a plaque, and they’d make a donation to the park,” said Mr Gaudet. He went on to say not all plaques are in remembrance of passed veterans. Some veterans are still alive, and others are in active duty.
Mr Gaudet said the memorial park has been serving its purpose in the community well, and that it’s being used by local residents. It has even gotten them noticed by the national Communities In Bloom competition.
“As you entered community five years ago, this was just a blank field, so we had a blank canvass to work with,” said Mr Gaudet. “The Legion felt it was a really good way of developing the property, but we wanted to see the theme of remembrance alive and well.”