Long before Walter Allward created the Vimy Monument, those who served their country in uniform understood that battlefield memorials should not glorify war. Instead, they should convey a sense of loss, and honour the dead who sacrificed their lives for the living. Long before the fighting ended, ceremonies were commonplace at Vimy Ridge. The military also erected monuments to their fallen and lost comrades. Some, were overpowering testimonials of care, love, loss and regret.