Pictou Advocate: Two more veterans honoured at service

By November 3, 2016Remember

SUNNY BRAE – Two more war veterans will have their names inscribed on the monument during the annual afternoon Remembrance Day ceremony starting at 3 p.m. at the Sunny Brae cenotaph.

John Henry Hape and Donald John MacLean will have their names added to the growing list on the monument for their service in the Second World War.

Hape was an Imperial War veteran who served as a stoker in the merchant navy. He saw duty in many areas of the world including Algiers, Italy and Rio de Janeiro.

He was born in 1912 in Ecum Secum, N.S. and resided with his family for a number of years in Sunny Brae.

He married in England and returned to Nova Scotia with his wife Mary. He was a resident of Little Harbour when he died at the age of 65 in New Glasgow in 1987.

His wife, three sons and one daughter reside in New Glasgow.

MacLean was born in 1921 in Upper Baddeck River, N.S. and resided briefly in Sunny Brae. He enlisted at the Canadian Army base in New Glasgow and first joined the Ordinance Corps before transferring to the Cape Breton Highlanders.

He served in Canada, Great Britain, Continental Europe and in the central Mediterranean until the Second World War ended in 1945. He was discharged the following year.

He married Elizabeth Moser of New Glasgow and they later lived in Caledonia, Guys. Co.

He was 90 when he died in 2012 at the Northumberland Veterans Unit in Pictou.

Central Nova MP Sean Fraser will be guest speaker, while retired minister Glen Matheson will lead in prayer and Bridgeville resident and historian John Ashton will read the honour roll.

The Sunny Brae Remembrance Day service has three almost nearly unique features.

The names of all the veterans that are on the Memorial are read aloud by a reader, now totalling 93 veterans.

Names of veterans from the surrounding areas by request are added to the Memorial.

Following the service, those in attendance are invited to pin their poppies on a nearby 12-foot tall spruce tree.

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