Vimy Ridge – Canadian National Vimy Memorial

The Canadian National Vimy Memorial at Vimy Ridge is one of the best WWI memorials. Three things make the memorial so memorable. First, the monument itself, like all of the Canadian monuments, is sober. It doesn’t celebrate victory, but morns loss, even though the battle for Vimy ridge itself was a great success. Two, the Canadian government bought the land around the battle field and left it as it was at the end of the war. It is one of the few untouched battlefields left. Finally, the battle for Vimy Ridge was marked with extensive use of tunnels. The tunnels remain and Canadian students lead tours through them that not only explain the tunnels, but what was happening in the battle. And as an added plus you’ll get a little dose of Canadian history. It is a site not to be missed.

Vimy: Looking from the Lens side

Vimy: Looking from the Lens side

Vimy: Detail of the Lens side

Vimy: Detail of the Lens side

Vimy: The mother mourning her son

Vimy: The mother mourning her son

Vimy: The mourning mother

Vimy: The mourning mother

Vimy: Detail of the statue in the center of the spires

Vimy: Detail of the statue in the center of the spires

Vimy: Detail of the right side looking from Lens

Vimy: Detail of the right side looking from Lens

Vimy: Looking towards Lens

Vimy: Looking towards Lens

Vimy: Detail of leftside of monument looking towards Lens

Vimy: Detail of leftside of monument looking towards Lens

Vimy: Detail of right side of monument looking towards Lens

Vimy: Detail of right side of monument looking towards Lens

Vimy: Looking towards Lens

Vimy: Looking towards Lens

Vimy: Trench line with sheep to mow the lawn

Vimy: Trench line with sheep to mow the lawn

Vimy: Shell craters

Vimy: Shell craters

Vimy: The battlefield is still full of live ammunition

Vimy: The battlefield is still full of live ammunition

Vimy: Parts of the original trenches were perserved with cement sand bags

Vimy: Parts of the original trenches were perserved with cement sand bags

Vimy: The Moroccan memorial

Vimy: The Moroccan memorial

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