Vimy Ridge

The Memorial

The two pillars The two pillars

The figures at the tops of the pylons represent the universal virtues of faith, justice, peace, honour, charity, truth, knowledge and hope.

From the north side

Canada mourning her fallen sons

Beneath her feet lies a sarcophagus representing the resting place of Canada's dead.

The monument


The monument

The spirit of sacrifice

A figure in the symbolic position of crucifixion lies at the feet of a torch bearer. This evokes the words of Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae's famous poem: In Flanders Fields.

In Flanders fields the poppies grow...
To you from flailing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.


Tunnels and Trenches Tunnels and Trenches
The Canadian Monument John McCrae