St. Alphonse the real mon­u­ment

Cape Breton Post - - EDITORIAL -

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

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