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2 P.E.I war memorials among best in Canada, says author

Alan MacLeod says it was his great-uncle's stories about his experiences in the First World War that got him interested in war memorials.

Author in Charlottetown Friday to give talk on book

Alan MacLeod says the war memorial in front of Province House in Charlottetown is among the best in Canada. (Facebook)

Alan MacLeod says it was his great-uncle's stories about his experiences in the First World War that got him interested in war memorials.

"In the year 2010 I was in Westville, Nova Scotia on a war history mission," he said. "There I saw the most affecting community war memorial I had ever seen and that sent me on a mission." 

MacLeod's mission led him to find more war memorials as he travelled across Canada — twice. 

Alan MacLeod will give a talk on his book, Remembered in Bronze and Stone: Canada's Great War Memorial Statuary, in Charlottetown on Oct. 6. (Submitted)

"We made a number of regional trips as well focusing on community war memorials that feature a figure of a soldier in stone and bronze." 

MacLeod said he amassed a large body of work from all the information he gathered, which he decided to publish in a book titled, Remembered in Bronze and Stone: Canada's Great War Memorial Statuary.

MacLeod said there are two "magnificent" war memorials on P.E.I.

"They are two I count among the finest war memorials in all of Canada." 

One of the war memorials is in front of Province House in Charlottetown and the other is in Summerside. 

The author said the two artists who created the pieces each had their own unique style. The Charlottetown memorial glorifies the Canadian soldier while the Summerside piece mourns the fighter going into battle. 

"Each piece is at the opposite end of the emotional spectrum." 

MacLeod said he will be drawing attention to both war memorials when he gives a talk about his book at the Confederation Centre Public Library on Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. 

With files from Mainstreet

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