2005 Remembrance Day Poster - Honour

The Government of Canada has declared 2005 the Year of the Veteran. Throughout the year, Canadians will remember, honour, celebrate, and teach our youth about the contributions and sacrifices of our veterans.

The Honour poster is the second in a series of posters to be unveiled during the Year of the Veteran. The first poster was entitled Celebrate. The Battle of Vimy Ridge took place on April 9, 1917 and marks the first time that all four divisions of the Canadian Corps fought side-by-side. The victorious battle is one of the greatest Canadian accomplishments of the First World War and gave Canada an honoured place among the community of nations. The scene depicted on this poster demonstrates that, 88 years later, Canadian veterans are still honoured and remembered for their contribution to the First World War.

The Canadian National Vimy Memorial, designed by Canadian sculptor and architect Walter Allward and pictured on this poster, was unveiled in France in 1936. It pays tribute to all Canadians who served their country in battle or risked their lives during the First World War. Inscribed on the Memorial are the names of 11,285 Canadian soldiers who were posted "missing, presumed dead" in France during the First World War.

During times of military conflict or peace, Canada's armed forces have consistently played an important role in establishing and maintaining peace in countries around the world. During 2005, and in the years to come, Veterans Affairs Canada is committed to honouring veterans and their service in Canada and abroad.

© Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada represented by the Minister of Veterans Affairs, 2005.

Photo Credit: DND Photograph: ISC00-964

May 22, 2000
Vimy, France
Canadian National Vimy Memorial

Photo by Sgt France Dupuis

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