Monday, 9 November 2009

God bless Truro, Nova Scotia

"If you don't stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them."
Where can I get this bumper sticker?

Truro, Nova Scotia is a small town surrounded by even smaller towns and villages in the heart of Nova Scotia. Truro has given birth to many brave Canadian men and women who served in Canada's Armed Forces. SMW has a soft spot in her heart for Truro, I spent many summers there as a child on my great-grandparent's farm. My uncle grew up on this farm and went on to join Canada's Air Force, where he served for several years before returning to civilian life.
Many things in Truro have changed over the past few decades, but the heart and soul of this area has not. Here the flag is always flown with pride, and members of our military are treated with the respect they deserve. What a pleasant surprise it was for me to find this feature article in the National Post.

It is also a place where military tradition runs deep. The names of 278 townsmen who fell in the two world wars, and now Afghanistan, are engraved on the downtown cenotaph. "The attitude of people here is they support the troops 100%," said Garry Higgins, president of the local Royal Canadian Legion branch. Remembrance Day ceremonies draw between 3,000 and 4,000 people, he said. Herb Peppard, an 89-year-old veteran of the Second World War, said the respect he receives from the townspeople reflects their appreciation of the military. "I think Nova Scotia is always represented well [in the Forces] compared to its population," he said. "We get very patriotic here."

Please do read the whole thing

The article mentions lack of tourism information for the area - it is true there is not an abundance of stuff to do there but take a drive around Truro (go to places like Brookfield, Upper Stewiacke, Upper Mosquodoboit) and you will be amazed by the rolling hills and natural beauty. You can also watch the incredible Bay of Fundy tides roll in and out while dining at the fabulous Palliser Restaurant (Tidal Bore Rd, Truro NS). If you are looking for the best fish and chips you can find (better than any I've had here in the UK) visit Murphy's Fish and Chips (88 Esplanade Truro NS).
I had to get my two cents in - can't let the Post make everyone think there is nothing worth seeing and doing in Truro. While you are there make sure you stop by the War Memorial and pay tribute to Canada's heroes.