Mon­u­men­tal home

Sum­mer­side vet­eran’s com­mit­tee hop­ing to erect me­mo­rial at Credit Union Place

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PROVINCE -

Sum­mer­side’s Lest We For­get Com­mit­tee is work­ing to­wards plac­ing a mon­u­ment to Prince County mem­bers of the Armed Forces, past and present, at Credit Union Place (CUP).

The com­mit­tee made a pre­sen­ta­tion to Sum­mer­side city Coun­cil this week, ask­ing for a let­ter of per­mis­sion al­low­ing it to place the mon­u­ment on the grounds of CUP, specif­i­cally in the small gar­den at the build­ing’s en­trance. The group has been work­ing with the fed­eral govern­ment to get char­ity sta­tus. Its’ last step is writ­ten per­mis­sion from the landowner, which in this case is the city.

Re­tired Lt. Col. Den­nis Hop­ping, chair­man of the com­mit­tee, told coun­cil the group chose CUP for the mon­u­ment’s even­tual home for a num­ber of rea­sons.

“There are other mon­u­ments about and we didn’t want to in­ter­fere with their stature or what they rep­re­sent,” said Hop­ping, later ref­er­enc­ing the city ceno­taph in Me­mo­rial Park.

“Se­condly, there’s a high vol­ume of peo­ple in Credit Union Place. The third rea­son would be that the Vet­eran’s Me­mo­rial Wall is at Credit Union Place and this would not only en­hance that pro­ject, it would also, prob­a­bly, en­hance Re­mem­brance Day at Credit Union Place.”

Hop­ping also pre­sented coun­cil with a rough draft of what the mon­u­ment could look like.

Lo­cal car­toon­ist and artist Wayne Wright has sup­plied a rough draft of an etch­ing, de­pict­ing a male and fe­male sol­dier with a child be­tween them that would be fea­tured on one side of a stone slab, while a griev­ing mother on the re­verse.

If the com­mit­tee is suc­cess­ful in achiev­ing char­ity sta­tus for the pro­ject, they plan to launch a cap­i­tal cam­paign to pay for it and hope to have the mon­u­ment un­veiled prior to Re­mem­brance Day 2016.

Coun­cil agreed that, so long as city staff find no lo­gis­ti­cal bar­ri­ers, they would pro­vide a let­ter of sup­port to Hop­ping, as re­quested.

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