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Summerside veterans' memorial to commemorate 'untraditional' conflicts

A group that works to remember fallen soldiers from P.E.I.'s Prince County has plans for a new memorial, one that reflects Canada's more recent military conflicts.

'None of our wars today, our conflicts today, are traditional. They are quite untraditional.'

The new memorial outside Summerside's Credit Union Place will complement the Hall of Remembrance currently inside the building. (CBC)

A group that works to remember fallen soldiers from P.E.I.'s Prince County has plans for a new memorial, one that reflects Canada's more recent military conflicts.

Summerside's Lest We Forget committee plans to erect the memorial at Credit Union Place, which is where the legion conducts its annual Remembrance Day ceremony. The memorial will complement a wall of Remembrance currently inside CUP.

Dennis Hopping, chair of Summerside's Lest We Forget committee, outside of Credit Union Place, where the new memorial is planned to be set up. (CBC)

The monument will feature a man, woman and child on one side, and a crying mother on the other.

"It is uncommon but it might facilitate today's soldier, because none of our wars today, our conflicts today are traditional. They are quite untraditional," said committee chair Dennis Hopping about the design.

"We thought this might be a great way to represent those young soldiers that served in Afghanistan and Bosnia, and all the peacekeepers that we have forgotten, that were lost."

Committee member George Dalton said the design of the monument is intended to portray the casualties of war extend far beyond one soldier. 

"When you go to that monument, you can see your sister, your grandfather - everyone will be able to identify because it's faceless," said Dalton.

The City of Summerside has approved the group's request to erect the memorial. The group estimates it will cost $75,000 to $100,000 to build, install and maintain the memorial.

The group is waiting on a request to the federal government for charitable status.

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