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The Unveiling of The Canadian War Memorial at Vimy Ridge by HIS MAJESTY THE KING


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in the presence of THE PRESIDENT of the French Republic Broadcast from Vimy
This afternoon, on the actual battlefield, in the presence of the President of the French Republic and more than 6,000 Canadians who served, or are relatives of those who served, in the war, His Majesty King Edward is to unveil the memorial dedicated to nearly 12,000 Canadians who fell in action and have no known grave.
Listeners are to hear the speech of His Majesty and that of the President of the French Republic, and it is hoped to arrange for a Canadian who can speak French as well as English to describe the scene, so that he can say a few words in French for the benefit of French Canadians who are listening.
The memorial is the work of the Canadian sculptor, Walter Allward. Two main pylons, each 138 feet high, stand on a base 230 feet long. There are twenty sculptured figures each 12 feet high. The names of all the missing are engraved on the base.
The Canadians present at the ceremony have travelled specially from Canada in five ships set apart for the pilgrimage. They will return to England on Tuesday, and on Wednesday there will be a short service at the Cenotaph, and a detachment will proceed to Westminster Abbey to lay a spray of Canadian flowers on the grave of the Unknown Warrior.


Unknown: Walter Allward.

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