Soldiers Memorialized by Underground Carvings

by J-Touchette

The Canadian National Vimy Memorial site in France is one of the most prominent World War I memorials, with this one commemorating 11,169 men.

A historic battle for the Canadian armed forces, Vimy Ridge was a landmark battle in the first World War. Many soldiers gave their life for their country in this fight. Many memorials for those who fought in wars have been erected over the years, most by citizens who value the sacrifice those men and women made.

But an old memorial is getting some new attention as British reopened a cave where Vimy Ridge Canadian soldiers waited before they went into that historic battle. Five years ago the British began to preserve the largely forgotten site, located under a farmer’s field.

Inside the cave are long tunnels and the walls are covered in graffiti from the soldiers, usually their name and some personal touch, made so that someone would remember after they died that they had lived. These truly inspiring pieces of art are also being documented by a Canadian group calling themselves the Canadigm Team. This team is also creating exact replicas of the pieces so they can be shown across Canada. The Canadigm exhibit titled The Souterrain Impressions, will open in the fall of 2013 and will tour across Canada for the next four years, leading up to the 100th anniversary of the battle.

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http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Canada/20110601/underground-cave-war-memorial-vimy-ridge-110602/

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