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Wrestling with war and peace at the Vimy Ridge memorial

By Jim Creskey      

What makes a good war memorial? Is it simply an admonition to go to war 'Never Again,' or can we the pay the peace message forward in some way that will actually stop us from slaughtering yet another generation?

For What? by the Group of Seven’s Fred Varley, who was an eyewitness to the First World War, can be seen at the Canadian War Museum. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
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Last week, I sat on a Via Rail train heading to Toronto, reading a copy of the timely and well-considered book, The Vimy Trap: Or, How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Great War, by Ian McKay and Jamie Swift. About halfway through the trip, near Kingston, I felt a poke in the elbow and, looking over my shoulder, I saw a friendly whiskered man who was pushing another book in my direction. [caption id="attachment_101732" align="alignleft"

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