Monday, April 09, 2007

Canadian National Vimy Memorial - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Canadian National Vimy Memorial - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "The Canadian National Vimy Memorial is one of Canada's most important overseas war memorials to those Canadians who gave their lives in the First World War. It was constructed as the national memorial for Canada's 60,000 war dead and is located in France, on the site of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The memorial stands atop Hill 145, near the towns of Vimy and Givenchy-en-Gohelle, in the Pas-de-Calais d├ępartement of northern France. France deemed the area surrounding the monument, about 1 km², to be Canadian territory in 1922, as an expression of gratitude to the Canadian people for their sacrifice during the war and for capturing Vimy Ridge in April 1917. The entrance to the park bears the sign 'the free gift in perpetuity of the French nation to the people of Canada"

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