July 26, 1936 – Vimy Memorial unveiled

July 26, 1936 – Vimy Memorial unveiled

On July 26, 1936, the Canadian National Vimy Memorial is unveiled by King Edward VIII to an estimated 50,000 Canadian, British and French veterans and their families in northern France.

The war memorial honours the 11,169 Canadians missing in the battles of France during WWI and it also stands as a tribute to all Canadians who served during WWI. The memorial was designed by Canadian sculptor and architect Walter Seymour Allward. It took 11 years and $1.5M to build.

Image courtesy of Library and Archives Canada