St. Alphonse the real monument
With good intentions, many folks are eager to see a concrete monument erected as a war memorial at Green Cove.
In my opinion another monument is unnecessary. We have one of our own and it will celebrate 100 years in 2016. I speak of the former St. Alphonse Church in Low Point, which is also known as the stone church.
For all this time it has stood high on a hill with its twin towers standing guard over Sydney Harbour. Each member of the Canadian military leaving Sydney to go to war viewed it as they sailed past Fort Petrie on to the Atlantic and the European front.
St. Alphonse was and remains a landmark and guiding light to so many who gave themselves for Canada. The once beautiful edifice continues to ‘stand guard’ which prompts me to ask why not repair the structure so it can be the ‘monument’ for another 100 years, standing proud as those aboard the ships entering and leaving the harbour look upward and remember?
Let’s tell the story and care for our real statue before building a memorial that has no connection to our military. The memories we have are in our hearts, not in an estimated $25 million structure without meaning.
I came to Canada from the Netherlands and I am proud to know many veterans who served our country. Canadian soldiers freed my homeland and I will never forget that. How proud I am to be a Canadian. Thank you again.
Ben Edelenbos New Waterford