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Photography Book Targets WWI Monuments

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A pair of Canadian photographers/authors spent years travelling across the country and visiting France and Belgium with a mission to document the many monuments that exist to honour the Canadian soldiers who fought in World War I.

WWI: A Monumental History, by Richard Parrish and Robert Konduros, will contain photos and information on most of the statues that honour Canadian WWI vets.

The journey took the two friends from monuments like the huge, well-kept and emotionally moving memorial at Vimy Ridge, France, to older and decaying statues in small-town-Canada where funding is no longer available for restoration.

The collaborators wanted to ensure that, especially for the 100-year anniversary of the start of the war, these monuments, and the honour they bestow, would remain a part of Canadian history even for the next hundred years and beyond.

The book will be distributed to independent bookstores as well as libraries. Look for it to start popping up in June, just in time for anniversary.

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