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Legacy Fund Announced

Friday, November 17, 2023 – 9 am

CHERRY BROOK, N.S. – The federal government announced today $2.25 million in funding to honour the legacy of No. 2 Construction Battalion, Canada’s only all-Black unit to serve during the First World War. Defence Minister Bill Blair issued a statement saying the money will be spent over five years on commemorative activities, educational materials and community war memorials.

Blair’s announcement follows Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s formal apology to the descendants of battalion members in July 2022.

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30th Annual No. 2 Construction Battalion Remembrance Ceremony

The Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia cordially invite you to attend a series of events to honour and pay tribute to No. 2 Construction Battalion C.E.F. an all Black regiment that served during the First World War.

This year there will be two commemorative events.

Wednesday, July 5, 2023 – 1 PM
CFB Gagetown, Oromocto, New Brunswick – 1pm
Flag Raising Ceremony to honour No. 2 Construction Battalion on the Anniversary if its creation date of July 5, 1916.

Saturday, July 8, 2023 – 10 AM
Pictou Waterfront, Pictou, Nova Scotia – 10 am
30th Annual No. 2 Construction Battalion Remembrance Ceremony and Honour Parade.

Keynote Speaker: Commodore Jacques Olivier, Director General Professional Conduct and Development – Canadian Armed Forces

A community bus service, departing from the Black Cultural Centre, Halifax and Truro will also be available for the July 8th event. Spaces are still available, please call: 902-434-6223 to register.