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A Lasting Impact

Posted by stephanie Rogers on May 19, 2023 in News
Naval Reserve squadron and cadets spent a day at the Park
Naval Reserve squadron and cadets spent a day at the Park

Landscape Architecture and Landscape horticulture students had a hands-on opportunity to leave a lasting impact in Bass River at the Veterans Memorial Park.

Voted the best memorial park in Canada in 2013 by Communities in Bloom, the Veterans Memorial Park is a living memorial to those who have served and to those who continue to serve in Canada's Armed Forces and Peacekeeping.

The Faculty of Agriculture was approached two years ago to help renovate the horticultural components of the 12-year-old garden. The resulting partnership involves student interns and students of landscape and horticultural programs on the Agricultural Campus.

“We are entering the second season of the partnership,” explained Jeff Morton, senior instructor in the Department of Plant, Food and Environmental Sciences.  “The themed gardens are meant to be an area of solitude to respect the fallen.”

Three intersecting gardens and eight black granite monuments remind visitors of the horrors of war, of the need to remember and to hope for peace. Red maples commemorate the Nova Scotian soldiers lost in Afghanistan.

“We were able to secure a donation of six trees that will be used to commemorate the loss of the Stalker 22 Helicopter crew from the HMCS Fredericton in Greece,” added Jeff. “Families are traveling from Quebec for the ceremony. These are significant trees that will make an instant statement at the Park and will be in place prior to the International Peacekeepers ceremony on May 28th

Jeff and his students have plans to develop a bridge that will be in place by 2025 and have been working hard to develop a volunteer base and recently had 36 Naval Reserve Squadron/Cadets spend a day at the park.

All are invited to celebrate the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers at the Park on Sunday May 28th at 10:45 a. m.  There will be a parade of motorcycles followed by a parade of veterans.  Full service beginning at 11:00