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The mourning figure of “Mother Canada” of the Vimy Memorial.

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The mourning figure of “Mother Canada”  of the Vimy Memorial.

The figure of a cloaked young woman is called Mother Canada or Canada Bereft she stands alone on the wall at the north-eastern side of the memorial and overlooks the Lens-Douai Plains, the objective for the Canadian Corps, who successfully won at the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Winning this high ground gave the Allies a view across the German rear area. Mother Canada has her head bowed, her eyes cast down, and her chin resting in one hand looking below her at ground level is a marble coffin, representing Canada's war dead bearing a Brodie helmet and a sword, and...

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Pride at Vimy Ridge

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Pride at Vimy Ridge

Courtesy of CBC Learning     Just before dawn on April 9, 1917, Lieutenant Claude Williams lay in a muddy trench in northern France, cold and shivering and ready for battle.     Williams, along with thousands of other Canadian soldiers, awaited the signal that would launch one the great battles of the First World War and represent the coming of age for Canada.     "At the arranged time, to the absolute second, suddenly, as dawn was breaking, every gun on the whole front opened up. The roar of the heavy guns was deafening," remembered Williams, a 21-year-old medical...

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Wear your poppy close to your heart!

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Wear your poppy close to your heart!

With Remembrance Day fast approaching, you will see people wearing poppies on their lapels, sweaters and jackets, just about everywhere.  Lt. Colonel John McCrae’s poem 'In Flanders Fields', written in 1915 is the basis of the red flower; that’s over 100 years ago. Poppies are worn to commemorate fallen soldiers of past wars dating back to the First World War, leading right up to today. There really isn’t etiquette as to where you should wear a poppy; however, I think it you should wear it on the left side and keep it close to your heart, knowing the price people...

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The Past, the Present and the Future.

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The Past, the Present and the Future.

As most of you are aware, we have finished our relationship with the Juno Beach Association. Over the years, supporters of D-Day Wear enabled us to participate in honouring Canadians that were killed in Action on June 6th, 1944. Through your patronage of our product line, you made it possible for us to donate $54,250.00 to the Juno Beach Centre, where we were able to purchase 217 name plaques for fallen Canadians; some as young as 17 years old; and for that, we thank you. We have changed direction and are now focusing our donation funds to organizations that deal...

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Veteran Stories: Francis Bathe a letter from The Battle of Vimy ridge

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Veteran Stories: Francis Bathe  a letter from The Battle of Vimy ridge

The picture is a Letter from Francis Bathe to his sister May (Bathe) Spencer from Doncaster Military Hospital on April 16, 1917. Mr. Bathe had just been at Vimy Ridge where he was injured. Courtesy of Jack Bathe, Francis' son. (Information courtesy of the Memory Project) April 16, 1917. Dear May, I guess you will be a little surprised to hear that I am back in Blighty, but of course you can never tell when those shells are going to shake paws with you, especially where we were last Monday on Vimy Ridge. It's just a week ago today when...

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