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LETTER: Move the monument to a prominent place

This maquette of a First World War soldier was used temporarily during the unveiling of The Danger Tree bronze sculpture at Grenfell campus, Memorial University in June 2016. A permanent bronze version will be installed there next July.
This maquette of a First World War soldier was used temporarily during the unveiling of The Danger Tree bronze sculpture at Grenfell campus, Memorial University in June 2016. A permanent bronze version will be installed there next July. - Star file photo

Dear Editor: A couple of years ago, I was pleased to hear that Grenfell Campus was chosen as the site of the Danger Tree monument, in remembrance of Newfoundland’s participation and sacrifices in the First World War. I would like to thank the Forget Me Not Committee, and Grenfell Campus for the planning and installation of this monument. This installation is now partially complete. A couple of weeks ago we were informed in The Western Star, that the monument will soon be finished with the addition of a bronze statue of Private Hugh McWhirter — the first Newfoundland soldier killed in that war.

I have just one reservation about this memorial: For the life of me, I do not understand why it’s been placed where it is located. It’s in a tiny clearing in the woods on the campus, hidden away from public view.

Normally, whenever monuments and public statues are erected, they are usually placed in prominent locations — easily found, so that people can observe and admire them. I’d be willing to bet that most citizens of Corner Brook would be hard-pressed to find it. And absolutely no one from anywhere else in Newfoundland could locate it.

In my opinion, it should be placed right down in front of the main entrance where we can all admire it, and reflect on its purpose. I have no idea who chose the present location. Whether it was chosen by the committee or if the campus administration chose that spot, I believe that it was an unfortunate decision.

It’s not too late. I would like to recommend that the campus and/or the committee consider placing the monument in a more prominent location.

Jerome Jesseau, Corner Brook

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