To the Editor,
I would appreciate an opportunity to comment on the Letter to the Editor by Earle Lockerby entitled ‘Sheridan has questions to answer about War memorial.’
The Kensington Legion of which I was the president at the time was in fact the driving force behind this initiative. The project was researched by one of our Comrades and further supported by a number of historians, including Dr. Jack Granatstein, York University; Dr. Tim Cook, Canadian War Museum; and Dr. Stephen Harris, Directorate of History and Heritage, National Defence Headquarters, among others. The project had the unanimous support of the veterans and members of the branch as well as the residents of Plug Street.
I assure you that Provincial Command of the Royal Canadian Legion was kept informed of the project development from its inception. As the Kensington Legion did not have the funds to erect the proposed memorial, the provincial and federal governments were approached to assist with funding and both agreed.
We were pleased that the provincial government supported this initiative and took over as the lead sponsor. I am also aware of the initiative to recognize Island veterans at the Summerside Credit Union Place, but my sources have told me that they will be approaching government soliciting financial support as well as private and corporate donors.
As a veteran of more than 42 years of service to my country, I take exception to his comment that a modest memorial at the corner of a potato field in Malpeque might appear grotesque. Any and all recognition of the service of our veterans and especially those that paid the supreme sacrifice should be viewed as positive and a tribute to their service to our country regardless of it’s location.
Finally I am not aware of the storm of controversy that he stated has erupted over this issue. I received a number of positive phone calls in support of our proposal from the Malpeque area shortly after his letter appeared in the newspaper. I am confident that my two grandfathers who served in the First World War and whom did not return would be pleased to see that their Island comrades were once again being recognized for their service to our country during the First World War.
The Prince Edward Island Regimenent