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Welcoming 2018 - Annapolis County residents ring in New Year with food, fun, best wishes


Premier attends levees

ANNAPOLIS COUNTY - Snow-covered roads and -12C temperatures didn’t stop residents in Annapolis County from dressing up warmly and heading out to the annual New Year’s Levees.

For those who braved the cold, local Legions were ready for them with soups and sandwiches, chowder and chili, coffee, tea, punch, and best wishes from friends, family, and local politicians.

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil stopped by the Bridgetown Legion to greet constituents and wish everyone the best. In Annapolis Royal he acknowledged the community as the foundation of Canada and lauded Mayor Bill MacDonald for a documentary film in development in 2018 that will tell the story of the Mi’kmaq, Acadians, and English up through the centuries.

“I look forward to seeing that documentary to talk about the foundation of Canada which we all know took place here, and I look forward to that being developed over the next year, so congratulations your worship,” McNeil said.

“I had the good fortune of representing you in many places around the world,” he said, “and I can tell you our country is seen as a beacon of hope globally. When you look at all the challenges being faced next door, or anywhere else in the world, Canada looks like a great place to invest, but more importantly to me a great place to live and work and raise your family.”

The Premier said he also he visited Juno Beach and described the vast and unprotected place where Canadian soldiers came ashore on D-Day. And how he honoured the graves of three Annapolis County men who lost their lives there.

“The first wreath I laid was for a young Private named Lewis from Port Lorne,” he said. “The second one was for a Private Gregory from over the shore. The third one was a Private Wagstaff from out No. 8”

“Every time I go to Europe I try to lay a wreath on behalf of all of you, on behalf of all Nova Scotians to our sons and daughters who didn’t come home,” McNeil said. “They were sent off to go defend the things that we all take for granted.”

He said they were defending Canada – the way a democracy should work and a country should work.

“It’s them who we should remember, not just today, but as we as family embark on 2018 and look for all the blessings that a new year will bring to us, let’s take a moment as we can, throughout whatever part of the day you find, to say thank you not only to those three young men but all of our ancestors who paid the ultimate sacrifice and those who came home very different than when they left – with the scars of what was required to give you and I the future that we have in this wonderful, wonderful province and country. Let’s celebrate 2018 as we say goodbye to 2017 and look forward to all the things and all the hopes and dreams had for us as we embark on a new year.

Annapolis County Warden Timothy Habinski also brought best wishes at levees in Bridgetown, Annapolis Royal, and Clementsport. Other New Year’s Levees were held across the county and Annapolis Valley throughout the day, including Middleton and Margaretsville.

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