With Remembrance Day approaching, the Canada Memorial in London’s Green Park is once again surrounded by construction hoarding. This after more than 50,000 pounds was spent by Veterans Affairs Canada on the monument’s “water feature” earlier this year. The memorial, by Quebec artist Pierre Granche, pays tribute to more than 100,000 Canadians who died in the two world wars, and the nearly one million who travelled to the United Kingdom to serve. Less than two decades old, it was unveiled by the Queen in 1994. When functioning, it is meant to create the impression of maple leaves floating down a stream. When not functioning, it is an eyesore. Veterans Affairs Canada might want to consult with Italy to learn how they have managed to keep the Trevi Fountain, completed in 1762, operating.
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