Thursday, November 24, 2011
Destruction of War Memorial at Mount Allison
It's just an old brick building on a beautiful university campus in New Brunswick. Not really important in the scheme of things--much more important to tear it down and build a new arts centre. But the Memorial Library at Mount Allison University is more than just a building--it's a memorial to 73 former students at the university who died in the First World War. It was paid for by family and friends of the students and it is a cherished part of the university's built history. Yet the administration says its too costly to save. Cost is an interesting concept; the students who died and were remembered by the building of the library paid a high cost, as well. But that seems to be of little consequence to the Mount Allison University decision makers. There actions are shameful and show how little regard for those who sacrificed their lives in that long ago war.