I've been thinking a lot lately about a story I heard a few months ago at the Canadian War Museum, and thought I'd look into it this week for a post.
Considered among the greatest war memorials ever built, the Canadian monument at Vimy Ridge in northeast France has as dramatic a history as the infamous battle it honors. Following the end of the First World War in 1918, the high escarpment at Vimy Ridge was left with ruined trees, artillery craters, and crumbling trenches which still held the remains of some of the 3,598 Canadians who died trying to capture it over four days in April 1917.
|Canadians during the Battle of Vimy Ridge|
|Aerial shot of the 1936 dedication ceremony, courtesy of flickr|
Information courtesy of Canwest News Service, 2007.
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Delany (@DLeitchHistory on Twitter)