Wednesday, July 28, 2010

South African Memorial, Toronto (obelisk visible from the blog's hotel window)

"Almost 9,000 enthusiastic Canadian volunteers traveled to South Africa between 1899 and 1902 to fight for the Crown against the Boers."

It was the first time so many Canadian soldiers had served overseas. It is a grand monument to a largely forgotten war. The thoughtful article by Kevin Plummer about this obelisk-based monument on the Torontoist web site offers the comment that "celebratory imperialism" is "completely out of place" in modern Canada. The blog agrees, as it can't even begin to envision an Afghan War Memorial in the middle of a major boulevard in modern Toronto. Unfortunately, Washington DC is probably destined to end up with one.

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