When we look back on the 20th century, we are presented with some of the greatest battles that our world has ever seen. With two world wars taking place during this period of time, millions of lives were lost and we can count the Canadian soldier amongst them. As the First World War came to a close and Canada was slowly rebuilding, the public started to recognize the need to honour their Canadian soldiers. With a mass amount of lives lost and many Canadian soldiers buried abroad, people wanted them to be remembered in their country. As a result, various soldier monuments were erected in cities across Canada and Quebec, including Sherbrooke. During the 1920s, Sherbrooke residents called upon their city to erect a soldiers’ monument in memory of all who lost their lives in the Great War. Various local organizations and associations made proposals to the city as to what could be done and presented arguments as to why a monument should be established in Sherbrooke. These proposals were put forward during a meeting with the mayor of Sherbrooke at the time, Mayor Denault, on May 17, 1921. A committee was formed to take these proposals into consideration and plans were slowly drawn up for the monument. See full story in the Wednesday, Oct. 9 edition of The Record.
By Taylor McClure, Special to The Record