Lasting image: “The Price of Peace”, by Canadian artist Robert Surette, in Ortona, Italy. Donated labour; material provided by artist Bruce Garner.

What is not as readily remembered is that the monument came from funds donated by Canadians, directly and with no tax receipt as a driver (no registered charity was formed, in the exigencies of the moment), in relation to a campaign by then Member of Parliament Peter Goldring to hold a Christmas reconciliation dinner in Ortona, in 1998. Roughly $120,000 was raised, to assist in funding Canadian veterans meeting their German counterparts. Robert Surette wanted to volunteer his time to design a monument. Some of the $120,000 went towards ensuring that he had the materials to do that.

Where the flowers

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