A lovely and well deserved tribute to Capt John today as he was recognized for his contribution to Prince Edward Island. The official Party was piped in by Calum Brydon and after welcoming remarks from Harry Holman, PEI rep of Heritage Sites & Monuments Board of Canada, we were led in singing “O Canada” by Annette Campbell.
This was followed by remarks by Karen Jans field unit superintendent Parks Canada PEI and Sean Casey Parliamentary Secretary to the the Minister of Canadian Heritage & Member of Parliament for Charlottetown. The Guest speaker Dr Ken MacKinnon, retired professor of Saint Mary’s University gave a very informative talk on Capt John and his many contributions to PEI.
Heather Rossiter represented the Glenaladale family–a 5 x grand niece of Capt John ( Heather is a direct descendant of Capt Johns Sister Margaret). Heather read the inscription on the plaque and Carl MacDonald & Myrna Babineau of the PEISSHS along with Sean Casey unveiled the plaque.
The ceremony ended with members of the 84th Royal Highland reenactment members in full uniform dress of the 18th Century firing a volley in honor of Capt John.
A reception followed at the Tracadie Community Center, where the 84th members had setup an 18th century style tent and answered questions as well as demonstrating how to put on a belted plaid.