Mission Statement

Welcome to our website. As you read this material, we feel confident that you will be better informed regarding the Never Forgotten National Memorial. The Press has unfairly characterized the NFNM as a war memorial when in fact it does not glorify war. It will honour the memory of the more than 114, 000 of Our Fallen who never returned home. It is hoped with this information, you will support the Memorial at Green Cove.   

As we pass through life, our first allegiance is to our family, then comes our town, province, country and finally our responsibility to the rest of the world. The time has come for Canadians to acknowledge the record of service and sacrifice that our Armed Forces have made, as the front-liners, in stopping the tyranny of oppressors abroad. 

Cape Bretoners have a strong historical and cultural tradition of service within the Canadian Armed Forces particularly in time of global conflict. During the Great Wars, the small area North of Smokey in Victoria County had the highest per capita recruitment rate in Canada. During WWII, nearby New Waterford, in Cape Breton County, had the highest recruitment rate in the British Commonwealth for towns of comparative size; they had to stop recruitment there for fear the mines would not function at peak capacity. Even today, with only 3% of the Canadian population, Nova Scotians make up 10% of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Nova Scotia was on the front line in the Battle of the Atlantic with convoys departing from Louisbourg, Sydney and Halifax to deliver material and troops to the battlefields of Europe. Homes all along the east coast had to darken their windows so that Axis powers’ warships could not establish the whereabouts of coal mines and steel plants. The sinking of the North Sydney to Port-Aux-Basques ferry, “The Caribou”, in October of 1942 brought the war much closer to home.

Obscure communities like Green Cove along the eastern shore of Cape Breton were often the last sight of Canada that our troops and mariners would see. Unfortunately, it may have been the last sight for many of the 114,000 fallen who never made it home.

Green Cove may be considered symbolic of the many Canadian villages which eked out a hard living from nature’s resources but still managed to contribute to the war effort through the service of their sons and daughters. Green Cove village has disappeared into the mists of time. The Never Forgotten National Memorial will ensure that this will not happen to the memories of our lost sons and daughters who will be welcomed “Home” by Mother Canada.   

The Memorial is not to be a political statement or meant to glorify war; its purpose is to honour the service and memory of the war's dead. The price of human life in war should always be clearly remembered. Although it has been roughly treated over the years, Green Cove is still a place of beauty and serenity, a place where we can contemplate and reflect, a place where we can remember and commemorate. This site will be ideal for the Never Forgotten National Memorial (NFNM) as it will not compromise any of the wilderness or other ecologically protected areas of the Park. It will also help the Park to live up to the cultural part of its mandate.

In the words of Katherine MacLennan … “A visual memorial is a necessary adjunct to a living past, and it is far more illuminating than the most elegant words.” Our visual memorial will be Mother Canada.   

It is our mission to further the development of The Never Forgotten National Memorial (NFNM) in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. We will honour the sacrifice of the more than 114,000 fallen who never made it home. We Will Remember Them on Canadian soil at Green Cove with the protection of a National Park and Mother Canada welcoming her children home.

Please click the photo below to read a letter that truly embodies the heart of the NFNM.

"I thought there could be no better symbol, no better sign of remembrance and respect, and no better signal to             future generations of our appreciation for their sacrifice."