Vimy Snow Sculpture at the Legislative Building
I first heard about this 15-foot snow sculpture replica of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France on CKY News. And I just had to visit it. It is located in front of the Legislative Building on Broadway Avenue. I went there on Saturday afternoon. And although the temperature was only in the minus mid-teens, there was wind and my hands felt uncomfortable when I took my gloves off to take pictures of this snow monument. There were also a few people who drove around the front of the Legislative Building to take pictures and to admire this work of art. It was only after looking at my pictures did I notice that there were also replicas of tiny crosses on the ground.
This is what’s written on the board in front of the sculpture:
VIMY – Honour the Legacy
This sculpture is an interpretation of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France that marks the site of the Battle of the Vimy Ridge of April 9-12, 1917. The actual monument, which stands as tall as a 10-storey building, was built so that we would never forget Canada’s role in the First World War. The Battle of Vimy ridge marked a profound turning point in the First World War and the birth of a Canadian identity at a cost of 10,602 Canadian casualties, including 3,598 who made the ultimate sacrifice. After more than two years of restoration work, the newly restored Vimy Monument will be dedicated on April 9, 2007 as a part of special commemorations marking the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. To learn more about this historic event and this year’s overseas and Canadian events, please visit the Veterans Affairs Canada website at http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/.