Saturday, September 3, 2011

Vimy - France

The Professor is starting with a new generation of historical outings. We took Zoë to France, to see the Canadian National Vimy Memorial on Vimy Ridge, the site of an important battle in April 1917. Thousands of Canadians died in the battle.

Compared to what the landscape became during the battle it is now peaceful as sheep safely graze.

There are 11,000 names engraved on the memorial. They represent Canadian soldiers who died in France during World War I and whose remains were never recovered. One of the names is Lance Corporal Robert Alexander Hood (1895 - 1917), a distant cousin of mine. He died on April 12, in 1917 during the final days of the battle of Vimy Ridge.

We found his name.

1 comment:

  1. These memorials bring history to life for me. There is so much to learn. How could I not know that Canada was involved in WWI? I need to go back to school. Thanks for this post.