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Monday Monuments and Memorials – Memorial Park and War Memorial, Baie-Egmont, PEI

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This Saturday (15 August) is National Acadian Day (Journée de la fête nationale des Acadiens) in Canada, honouring the history and culture of the descendants of French colonists who settled in Acadia in the 17th and 18th centuries.

After WW1, parishioners in Baie-Egmont (Egmont Bay), Route 11, Prince Edward Island erected a war memorial in front of Saint-Philippe-et-Saint-Jacques Catholic Church. When exactly? I can find no record. Perhaps when the fourth church on the site opened in 1923?

The church was demolished in 2010 and the site was turned into a memorial park “in honour of our Acadian and Canadian soldiers,” where the WW1 and WW2 monuments still stand. 

The Acadian roots of Baie-Egmont are obvious in the names on the monument:

To the memory of
Joseph Arsenault, décédé le 25 janvier 1917, age 17 ans
Theophile Arsenault, décédé le 5 mai 1917, age 19 ans
Hercule Arsenault, décédé le 15 aout 1917, age 25 ans
Antoine Gallant, décédé le 9 aout 1918, age 23 ans
Theodore Arsenault, décédé le 9 aout 1918, age 21 ans
Emanuel J. Arsenault, décédé le 28 aout 1918, age 20 ans
Gerald Darby, décédé le 11 sept 1918, age 21 ans
Etienne Arsenault, décédé le 28 sept 1918, age 24 ans
Augustin Arsenault, décédé le 30 sept 1918, age 22 ans
Emanuel Geneau, décédé le 4 octobre 1918, age 33 ans
Moise Arsenault, décédé le 6 octobre 1918, age 27 ans
Joseph A. Gallant, décédé le 10 octobre 1918, age 20 ans
Jean-Cyrus Arsenault, décédé le 10 janvier 1919, age 25 ans
Stanislaus Barriault, décédé le 16 mars 1919, age 22 ans
Paul A. Arsenault, décédé le 13 juin 1919, age 24 ans

An oddity: “To the memory of” in English and the tributes in French. Did the French-speakng parish order a ready-made model from an Anglophone company, to have the names carved as they wished?

Check out the post on nearby Mont Carmel, updated with a summer photo.

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