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Touched by Vimy. De-li­on­iz­ing Vimy. A real page-turner. Deep roots in Que­bec. His­toric jewel. Call it what it is. Headed for the landfill.

Abig thank you to all in­volved in putting to­gether the sto­ries and pic­tures of Vimy at 100 in the April-May is­sue. Hav­ing a fam­ily con­nec­tion to the site made it all the more poignant. I had four great un­cles who fought in the First World War, one of whom was with the No. 2 Tun­nel­ing Com­pany. A farmer from Tre­herne, Man­i­toba, he was one of the labour­ers who stuffed the sand­bags and hauled them out. Sadly, he was killed in March of 1918.

Of note, there is a memo­rial in Vic­to­ria, Bri­tish Columbia, that has a ceno­taph sim­i­lar to the Vimy memo­rial but on a much smaller scale. When­ever I drive past it I can’t help but think of Vimy Ridge and my great un­cles.

Shirley Wal­don Vic­to­ria

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