GLACE BAY, N.S. —
It’s a moving search from a distance — an oceanside monument honouring 12 miners who were killed in a Glace Bay mining disaster in 1979.
Nevertheless, a closer examine at the monument now unearths a distinct image.
“It makes me feel heartbroken that someone would deface a monument that’s been set up aside right here for 12 miners who lost their lives and sacrificed everything for his or her households. It’s very hurtful,” says Joanne Sheppard, a member of the family of belief to be one of the significant miners who was killed.
A sexually notify image has been spray painted at the sorrowful of the main statue, putting a damper on celebrations for the days-feeble tribute.
“Coming from Glace Bay, your ancient past. You obtained to own mining in your loved ones, whether it’s your grandfather or your uncle or your father,” says Mary Pat Mombourquette, executive director of the Cape Breton Miners Museum. “It appears cherish you’re spitting on all of those folk and your heritage.”
It was in the early morning hours of Feb. 24, 1979, when 12 men lost their lives after an explosion in the No. 26 colliery.
Sheppard’s father, Fabian Younger, was belief to be one of the significant miners killed. She says she remembers the day vividly.
“I watched my mother move to pieces that day. She was by no method the the same after that. Something cherish this stays with you with no wreck in sight,” says Sheppard.
Four men survived the blast but there has by no method been a set for households to think and keep in mind, till now not too lengthy in the past. Twelve lunch pails with the names of the men who died engraved on them encompass the main monument.
It’s a mission, with community enhance, that Sheppard has been pushing for.
“I think it’s in truth significant that we own something in Glace Bay to commemorate and to remind folk the loss miners faced through the years,” she says.
There’s aloof no discover on who defaced the monument. Sheppard says she wants whoever did this to be held in charge and see the affect of what they did.
“I’d gain terminate to charm to the individual that did this to come and originate a public apology,” says Sheppard.