Monument at Memorial Park to recognize air force contributions

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SACKVILLE, N.B. – A new monument being planned for Memorial Park will honour the local contributions of air force veterans.

Sackville’s tourism and community development director Ron Kelly Spurles said a new project is under way for the park, which will see the cenotaph undergo repairs this spring and a monument of a warplane propellor installed and dedicated to the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Kelly Spurles said a day of celebration is being planned for June to unveil the monument, which will involve the local Legion, schools and other community partners. He said the town has applied to Veterans Affairs Canada Community War Memorial Program to help fund the initiative.

Coun. Joyce O’Neil has been coordinating the project, which has been in the planning stages for more than a year now. She has been working with the Legion and a historical group in Saint John to gather the proper historical information for the unveiling.

“It’s going to be a really big event and I’m excited about it,” she said.

O’Neil said Memorial Park features a scout car and an anchor and she wanted to see some sort of recognition given to the RCAF’s contributions to the war efforts.

“I felt the air force needed to be acknowledged,” she said.

Further details on this project will be released at a later date.

Organizations: Canadian Air Force, Veterans Affairs Canada

Geographic location: Memorial Park, Saint John

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