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Monday Monuments and Memorials – War Memorial, Summerside, PEI

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Memorial Square, originally Dominion Square, is the oldest public park in Summerside, Prince Edward Island. The pretty park with meandering paths is bordered by Summer, Spring and Church Streets. The war memorial is the focal point at the centre of the block.

A bronze soldier going over the top, rifle in hand, tops a granite base. Emanuel Hahn was the sculptor, for the Thomson Monument Company. Another copy of Hahn’s sculpture tops the war memorial in Saint-Lambert, QC.

The base lists 233 names of those from Prince County killed in WW1, as well as battle honours and the poem Onward by A. Beatrice Hickson:

O Canada, the blood of all thy sons
Cries out today from fair and glorious deeds
And spirit legions of Immortal Ones
Who died to serve their country and its needs
Pledge thee anew, by their white Honour Roll
To loftier issues born of sacrifice
Bidding thee keep, unstained, that nobler soul
Which they have ransomed with so great a price

The monument was unveiled on 1 July 1922. The black granite plates were added in a 1988 refurbishment. The bronze sculpture was restored in 2012.

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