Remembering the Cape Breton miner – by Sharon Montgomery-Dupe (Cape Breton Post – June 12, 2018)

NEW WATERFORD, N.S. — Shelly MacDonald couldn’t find medicine in New Waterford Monday morning but he did find solidarity. “I had to go out for cough drops for my son and first went to Pharmasave and found there and right down the strip all the stores closed,” said MacDonald, the great-grandson of the late Bill Davis.

MacDonald then realized the stores were once again honouring and showing respect for Davis Day. “I thought that was very respectful and it was much appreciated.”

Davis Day was remembered Monday with an ecumenical service at Calvin United Church in New Waterford followed by a service and laying of wreaths at Davis Square on Plummer Avenue that included a performance by the well-known coal miners chorale group, The Men of the Deeps.

MacDonald was accompanied by various family members including his wife Lisa and two children. “Our family doesn’t make any plans for that day, there’s no asking who’s going and we all know we’re going to be here. It’s not an obligation, it’s a privilege to be here and be able to see the crowd and everyone pay their respects.”

During the ceremony, MacDonald it was a good feeling seeing the crowd coming out to remember what happened. “A lot of pride in seeing people come out knowing Bill Davis stood up for their families and gave a big sacrifice for them.”

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