monument pt 2
- Sorry! Forgot this bit.
NOT YOUR TYPICAL WAR MEMORIAL
Monument to the War of 1812 comprises two giant toy soldiers, a
standing member of the 1813 Royal Newfoundland Regiment and a fallen
American soldier from the 16th Infantry Regiment, who would have
fought each other on April 27, 1813, when U.S. army and naval forces
attacked what is now Toronto.
Among the small crowd who turned out for the unveiling yesterday were
retired teachers Ron Fletcher and Pat Gidlow.
"The first thought is that it's funny," said Fletcher. "The second
thought is, do you want a war memorial to be funny? I think I see the
irony, but I'm not sure someone else, who actually fought in a war,
"I'm happy to see art, even art I don't like," said Gidlow.
The two men agreed on one thing: They were going to have to discuss
it over an afternoon drink. In the end they talked for an hour.
"I like art that makes you think, that engages you," said
Fletcher. "Some memorials or monuments don't challenge you to think."