In a ceremony at 10 o'clock this morning at Camp Hill Cemetery, about 20 people happily observed the 125th birthday of James McGregor Stewart. The gravesite had been completely cleaned, through the good offices of Councilor Waye Mason. June 30, 2014 was proclaimed to be James McGregor Stewart Day in Nova Scotia.
Rev. Paul Friesen provided brief and well chosen words in his invocation:
May we who recollect his faithfulness,
Be barred by no prejudice or fear.
May all who follow in his persistent path,
Rejoice in the gifts granted to each
For the good of all our fellows.and again in his benediction, calling on Providence to:
Scatter the darkness of prejudice from the hearts of the powerful,
And brighten the lives of allRod MacLennan read Kipling's the Thousandth Man with solemnity.
The order of ceremonies was:
- Bagpipes - Neil White
- Invocation - Rev. Paul Friesen
- Reading of the Proclamation and presentation to Mrs. Morrison - Speaker Murphy
- Reading of "The Thousandth Man" - R.J. MacLennan
- Benediction - Rev. Paul Friesen
- Most of the attendees gathered for coffee at Just Us afterward
The Proclamation is reproduced here: