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“For this week’s photo challenge, explore the vibrant, hopeful colors of your favorite sunrise or sunset.”

Here are two of mine

Sunrise on the road to Vimy in northern France, 2012

Sunset over the Grand Canal in Venice, 2017


Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

Since our memorable 2012 visit to the Canadian National Memorial in Vimy I have posted many of my photographs from that moving visit over the past four years together with my video Lest We Forget made from those photos. To commemorate today’s solemn celebrations I am posting links to two of the posts for those of you who might wish to revisit them and welcome those of my new followers who might be interested in seeing them for the first time.

Remembering The Battle of Vimy Ridge: April 9-12 1917

Remembrance Day 2013

Lest we forget.

Remembrance Day 2014: Lest we forget

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Dedicated to the memories of Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent together with all our other fallen heroes.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

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The Canadian National Vimy Memorial, France

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The monument is dedicated to the memory of the members of the Canadian Expeditionary Force killed during the First World War. It was designed by Walter Allward and took eleven years to build.  It was unveiled in 1936 and following an extensive restoration rededicated by Her Majesty the Queen on 9 April 2007 during a ceremony to commemorate the battle’s 90th anniversary.

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Today marks the 97th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, which took place from 9 to 12 April, 1917.  Those of you who follow my blog will have seen my post this week commemorating the Battle and where you will find links to previous posts of mine containing more images and a video from the Vimy Memorial site.

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Remembering The Battle of Vimy Ridge: April 9 -12, 1917



Commemorating the Battle of Vimy Ridge, which began at 5:30 am on Easter Monday the 9th of April 1917.  The battle continued until nightfall of the 12th of April when the Canadian Corps of four divisions gained firm control of the ridge. They suffered 10,602 casualties: 3,598 killed and 7,004 wounded. Four members of the Corps received Victoria Crosses for their actions during the battle:

  • Private William Johnstone Milne of the 16th (Canadian Scottish) Battalion.
  • Lance-Sergeant Ellis Wellwood Sifton of the 18th (Western Ontarion) Battalion
  • Private John George Pattison of the 50th (Calgary) Battalion.
  • Captain Thain Wendell MacDowell of the 38th (Ottawa) Battalion.

To view more images of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial I invite you to visit my post for Remembrance Day last year.

The haunting Flowers of the Forest is played by Pipe Major Angus MacDonald of the Scots Guards who for several years was the personal piper to Her Majesty the Queen, and described as one of the finest bagpipe players in the world.


Lest we forget

Remembrance Day


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…The video and images are from the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, which we visited last year. The memorial was designed by Walter Seymour Allward and unveiled on 26th July 1936.
Lest We Forget…

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…Sunrise on an October morning last year as we made our way to the Canadian War Memorial at Vimy in Northern France. I invite you to return to thechangingpalette on Remembrance Day, November 11th, when I will post more images from a very special and moving visit. 

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“Lest We Forget”…