From: email@example.com on behalf of firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Mon 03/01/2011 9:05 AM
To: *COUNCILLORS AND MAYOR
Subject: Robert Burns Statue – Restoration
To the Mayor and Council, City of Fredericton:
With respect, this is a plea to all members of City Council to support enthusiastically and to accord some priority to the restoration of the statue of Robert Burns to its rightful place in the city.
In 2006, as President of the St Andrew’s Society of Saint John, I attended the ceremony honoring the 100th anniversary and the re-dedication of this treasured work. This event, organized by the New Brunswick Scottish Cultural Association, brought together representatives from many such entities throughout the Maritimes. It was also attended by our Lieutenant Governor. It was a most moving ceremony,with a grandchild of the sculptor in attendance, and it was such a thrilling moment to watch a band of one hundred pipers marching down Queen Street.
It goes without saying that Scottish Culture and Heritage are alive and well in New Brunswick. Robert Burns, whose memory is especially honored each January, is the greatest proponent of these throughout the world. His statue in Fredericton has long since been their valued representation.
We have been told that when accepting the statue as a gift during the 1980s, the City of Fredericton undertook the obligation for its care and maintenance. If this be so, surely the honorable course of action would be to end its lengthy languishing under a tarpaulin, complete its restoration and return it to its rightful place on the public green.
May I respectfully ask for your enthusiastic support for the completion of this most worthwhile project.
James E Kupke