Sou­venir of­fer­ings leave read­ers ‘dis­gusted and re­viled’

Cape Breton Post - - EDITORIAL -

Editor’s note: The full ver­sion of this let­ter, which in­cludes a list of pro­posed sou­venirs, is pub­lished at www.cb­

I have just read Rose Courage’s let­ter, ‘ Sou­venir Sales Dis­re­spect­ful’ ( July 25, 2015), and with some dif­fi­culty, fol­lowed the link in her let­ter to the In­dus­try Canada web­site to see the en­tire list of goods ap­proved for sale.

I and my wife, like Ms. Courage, are dis­gusted and re­viled that such a pro­posed me­mo­rial would stoop to re­cover costs by of­fer­ing these items for sale.

We have had the priv­i­lege of vis­it­ing the Vimy Ridge Me­mo­rial, and I can as­sure you that although there are some sou­venirs for sale on the site, the in­ven­tory is nowhere near as com­pre­hen­sive as the above list.

Fur­ther, it should be noted that the main part of the Vimy mon­u­ment is about 27 me­tres in height, while the fe­male statue upon which the Mother Canada statue is sup­pos­edly based stands a mere three to four me­tres. Phil & Anne Irons Syd­ney

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