|Brooklyn, Nova Scotia
Constructed in 1948 in memory of those who lost their lives in World War I and
World War II.
On Sunday, November 15, 1948, the community of Brooklyn saw the greatest gathering in
history during the dedication of its War Memorial. The memorial was constructed in
memory of all of Brooklyn's youth that had died in the two Great Wars.
The playing of "O Canada" by the Windsor citizens opened the dedication services, with
Carleton Smith leading the band. A brief prayer was offered by Reverend C. D.
Nicholson, M.C. of the Burlington United Church. The Reverend himself was a wounded
veteran of the Princess Louise Fusiliers.
A short address was given by Reverend E. L. Parsons of St. James Episcopal Church in
Brooklyn. He spoke of the sacrifice that fallen soldiers had made and prayed,
"may we be made worthy of that sacrifice and that from henceforth we might live
in a world of permanent peace." Reverend Mr. Nickerson spoke of the spirt of co-operation the Brooklyn veterans had shown in planning and erecting the memorial,
which he said, "represented not only their tribute to those who had died, but also a
memorial to the living."
The memorial was unveiled by Major William Graham, M. M., president of the Hants County
Branch No. 9 of the Canadian Legion. A large amount of veterans from Windsor and other
communities marched around the monument spreading Remembrance Day poppies over the
ground. Brooklyn veterans from the Royal Canadian Legion, Brooklyn's Women's Institute,
the Porter, McKay and Harvey Families, as well as Thomas Hennessy Jr. and Mr. Harry
Croth laid wreaths in memory of the fallen.
The "Last Post" was sounded by a bugler while Reverend Mr. Parsons gave the benediction.
As "God Save the King" played, the short, impressive ceremony came to an end.
A representative detachment of the 47th Anti-tank Regiment made up of members from the
88th Battery of Windsor and the 146th of Wolfville, commanded by Captain George S.
McGray, helped give the necessary martial touch to the services.
The War Memorial itself stands in the village square. It is built of rounded beach
stones and mounted on a two-step base. In the shaft is imbedded a bronze tablet on which
are inscribed the names of: Roy Duplessis, Avard O'Brien and Harold McKay, who fell in
World War I, and of Donald R. Harvey, Garnet C. Porter, Reginald L.G. Ross and Carol
Wiseman, who gave their all in World War II.
In 1997, the plaque was removed and installed on a new monument about 500 yards away
from the original.