Happy Heritage Day!
Happy Heritage Day! In Nova Scotia, Heritage Day is an annual reminder of our storied past and an opportunity to honour the remarkable people, places and events that have contributed to our province’s unique heritage.
This year’s honoree is Lieutenant Edward Francis Arab.
Lieutenant Edward Francis Arab was born in 1915. At age 16; Edward joined the Canadian Officer’s Training Corp based out of Dalhousie University. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts from Dal in 1935. In 1937 he graduated, with honours from Dalhousie Law School. He opened his own practice, and quickly gained a reputation for accepting cases that addressed issues of prejudice and racism. Edward was proud of his Lebanese heritage, spoke Arabic and helped to found the Canadian Lebanon Society in 1938. He also served as their first President. In the summer of 1942, he volunteered for active service. He was killed, along with other members of his regiment in the line of duty in October of 1944. His life and contributions were celebrated in 1949 through the naming of a street in his honour. Edward Arab Avenue is in the Westmount area of Halifax.
If you’d like to read his complete bio, as well as learn more about 2021 Heritage Day events, and past honourees, go here.