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