For a limited time, Canadians can explore the different aspects of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, from planning to field preparations to combat, in the Canadian War Museum’s new temporary exhibit, Vimy- Beyond the Battle.
“A significant testament to the grit and determination of Canadian troops, over the past century Vimy Ridge has taken on almost mythic stature. Through these two exhibitions, and a range of other activities at the War Museum, visitors have the opportunity to learn not only the battle itself, but the light it shines upon traditions of remembrance and commemoration in this country,” said Stephen Quick, Director General of the Canadian War Museum.
The section, located in the War Museum’s popular South African and First World War gallery, explores the Battle of Vimy Ridge in greater depth than ever before. It also takes a closer look at the vital role of training and aerial reconnaissance and the larger impact the battle had in the context of the First World War.
“Over the past century, Canadians have remembered and commemorated the Battle of Vimy Ridge in many different ways, and for many different reasons. Developed by the War Museum with the generous support of John and Elizabeth Irving, Vimy – Beyond the Battle uses the Battle of Vimy Ridge as a starting point to shed light on how and why we commemorate, by exploring private and collective memories of the battle itself, the First World War, and more recent conflicts,” stated a press release from the Canadian War Museum.
The exhibit also offers a unique experience to visitors, giving them the opportunity to sculpt a memorial in clay and contribute to a commemorative artwork. They can also write a message to a loved one on a paper containing poppy seeds which will later be used to sow a commemorative garden.
“The Canadian War Museum is highlighting the wealth of our history and heritage for Canada 150. I invite everyone to come visit the new exhibitions marking the centennial of the Battle of Vimy Ridge—a vibrant tribute to this tragic chapter of our past and to the sacrifices of the Canadians who served our country,” said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.
Additionally, as the country collectively commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, visitors can still explore the museum’s upgraded existing section on the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
Vimy-Beyond the Battle will be on display at the Canadian War Museum from April 6 to November 12. On April 9, the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, admission to the Canadian War Museum will be free.
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