Vimy Memorial

The walk to the Vimy Memorial.
#1468. AgfaPhoto Vista Plus 400, Canon Rebel 2000.
These photos are of the Vimy Memorial, Canada’s monument to the 60,000 Canadian soldiers who gave their lives in France and to all those who served in World War I. The memorial sits on Vimy Ridge which Canadian soldiers captured at great cost.[1]3,598 Canadians were killed and another 7,000 wounded. You can learn more about the Battle of Vimy Ridge at the Canadian War Museum.


The Canadian National Vimy Memorial.
#1469. AgfaPhoto Vista Plus 400, Canon Rebel 2000.
The scale of the memorial is amazing. Two towers of white limestone, one representing Canada and the other France, rise 27 metres above the platform. Twenty sculptured figures, symbolic representations of sacrifice, mourning, sorrow, honour, and hope, grace the monument.[2]You can learn more about the design and construction of the monument here. The names of 11,285 Canadians who lost their lives in France, and whose final resting place is unknown, are inscribed all along the base of the memorial. The Vimy Memorial is a sombre testament to the immense loss of life that accompanies war.


Vimy Memorial inscription
#1470. AgfaPhoto Vista Plus 400, Canon Rebel 2000.
You can still see the evidence of the war all around the Vimy Memorial. The old trenches have been preserved and the surrounding fields are littered with signs warning those foolish enough to climb over the fence that they may trigger 100-year-old unexploded ordinance still buried beneath the soil.


statue of male mourner at Vimy Memorial
#1471. Male Mourner. AgfaPhoto Vista Plus 400, Canon Rebel 2000.

statue of female mourner at Vimy Memorial
#1472. Female Mourner. AgfaPhoto Vista Plus 400, Canon Rebel 2000.

statue of Canada Bereft looking over the plain at Vimy Memorial
#1473. Canada Bereft. AgfaPhoto Vista Plus 400, Canon Rebel 2000.

statue of Canada Bereft at Vimy Memorial
#1474. Canada Bereft. AgfaPhoto Vista Plus 400, Canon Rebel 2000.

Vimy Memorial
#1475. AgfaPhoto Vista Plus 400, Canon Rebel 2000.

statue of the Spirit of Sacrifice at Vimy Memorial
#1476. The Spirit of Sacrifice. AgfaPhoto Vista Plus 400, Canon Rebel 2000.

Canadian National Vimy Memorial
#1477. AgfaPhoto Vista Plus 400, Canon Rebel 2000.

statues of Peace and Knowledge at the Vimy Memorial
#1478. AgfaPhoto Vista Plus 400, Canon Rebel 2000.

Statues of Peace, Honour and Charity at the Vimy Memorial
#1479. AgfaPhoto Vista Plus 400, Canon Rebel 2000.

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