MP Kim Rudd today announced that Canada’s Commemorative Partnership Program that is operated by the Veteran’s Affairs Department is granting Cobourg $10,000 for its Armistice 18 program. Kim commended Cobourg for its efforts although she did not mention the criticism leveled at the Federal Government in a recent McLeans article (see link below). The same article also commended Cobourg: “Cobourg, a town of 20,000 on Lake Ontario, is currently putting the rest of the country to shame in recognizing one of the most significant events in our nation’s past. In fact, it’s doing more to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War than the entire federal government.” But Kim did manage to get the money for Cobourg so that we “remember those who have given so much”.
Kim said that “Initiatives like Armistice ’18 ensure that the rich legacy of Canada’s Veterans is not forgotten” and “words alone are not sufficient to express our thanks for the effort put into this program – Congratulations, Well done”. The announcement was fittingly held in the Art Gallery of Northumberland where the current exhibition of paintings by Charles Pachter continues until November 11.
Kim also noted that 2018 is not only the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI but also the 65th anniversary of the end of the Korean war.
In addition to the article in McLeans, Cobourg will be getting publicity in items by CBC, CTV and Steve Paikin on the Agenda on TVO. I understand that the three Armistice 18 talks were sold out and apart from the first few shows, all the plays have had full houses. A tribute to the effort by Hugh Brewster, the Town and Northumberland Players. It will be a hard act to follow.
The annual ceremony at the cenotaph in Victoria Park should be special this year – stay tuned.
- MacLean’s Aricle
- Armistice 18 Program Announced – 27 Feb 2018 – all events from this impressive list have happened (except the films and the talk by Paul Gross).
- Cobourg Entertainment Events Calendar.