The former meeting room of the provincial cabinet in Province House has been renamed in recognition of the role veterans have played in Nova Scotia. The room will now be known as the Veterans Room. “In renaming the room, we are honouring the significant role veterans have played in protecting our democracy,” Speaker of the House of Assembly, Murray Scott, said today, Nov. 9. “The former cabinet room is an important part of the democratic process. It’s where ideas and policies were put forward on behalf of Nova Scotians for years. Debates in the room have played a key role in how we have grown in Nova Scotia. “Through sacrifices and bravery, veterans have ensured we have the freedom to debate and live freely. Because of veterans, the room has remained open and the debate inside it has led to a better life for all of us.” The room was used for cabinet meetings until 2001when a newer, larger room was opened in One Government Place. Renovations have been made to reflect the heritage of Province House, including the acquisition and restoration of period furnishings. An exhibit honouring veterans is now on display until the end of the year. It includes medals, uniforms and paintings from three Nova Scotia museums: Army Museum, Halifax Citadel National Historic Site; Maritime Command Museum, CFB Stadacona; and Shearwater Aviation Museum, 12 Wing Shearwater. The room will be used for government and legislative events, meetings and ceremonies. “The Veterans Room is a fitting tribute to the valour and sacrifice of Nova Scotia’s veterans,” said Cecil Clarke, Minister responsible for the Year of the Veteran. “It is also a vibrant reminder to all Nova Scotians that we owe our freedom and way of life to our veterans.” “I invite all veterans to visit this room because it is yours. It is our ‘thank you’ to all veterans,” said Mr. Scott. “But I urge all Nova Scotians to stop in and reflect on what veterans did outside of this room to protect our freedom.” The renaming of the room marks the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and is a legacy for Year of the Veteran. When it is not in use, the room will be open Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.