In his article published in the Ayr News ( Ontario) on February 18, author and professor at the University of Waterloo School of Planning, Robert Shipley, discussed the importance of the many WWI monuments and cenotaphs that are spread all across Canada.
Over twenty years of research on WWI statues and columns, revealed to Shipley that there was something far more important than the” war itself”. “In these sad days of reflection after the war, writes Shipley, ” people all across the country struggled to to make sense of the senseless slaughter of the best part of a generation of young men.
More astounding,however, according to Shipley, the federal government…”made a deliberate policy decision to do nothing”, with respect to recognizing, remembering and mourning the many young Canadian soldiers who died in the war. The archives in Gatineau Quebec contain many letters written by the government to cities, towns and villages across Canada to ” commemorate the losses of the war in their own way”, states Shipley. In short, they were told to build their own monuments without funding from the Canadian government.
Commenting on Shipley’s book entitled To Mark Our Place, Robert Konduros, co author of WWI: A Monumental History, added that the book,” saved me a lot of research time and I paid a visit to his ( Shipley’s) office and chatted with him prior to publishing my book”.