Monday, December 27, 2010

1968 Armistice

Canada as a Dominion of the British Empire went to war on August 4, 1914. Canadians fought valiantly in many battles including Ypres, Somme, Vimy, and Paschendale. Over 600,000 Canadian troops served in the war; 65,000 were killed and 173,000 were wounded.

Vimy Ridge

The Battle of Vimy Ridge after a painting by Richard Jack.Canadians successfully attacked the German-held strongpoint of Vimy Ridge, April 9-12, 1917. The thoroughly planned and executed victory has become a post-war symbol for Canadian identity and independence.

The Vimy Memorial

After the War, the Vimy Memorial was built on land granted by France to the Canadian people.
The imposing structure was designed by Walter Allward, one of Canada's most famous sculptors. Allward began work on the Vimy memorial in 1925 and completed it 11 years later at a cost of $1.5 million. It is adorned by 20 allegorical figures representing faith, justice, peace, honour, charity, truth, knowledge, and hope. A key figure, "Canada mourning her fallen sons," speaks to the country's wartime losses. The Vimy Memorial is inscribed with the names of 11,285 Canadians who were killed on French soil and have no known graves.

Vimy Memorial Unveiling 1936

On July 16, 1936, five trans-Atlantic liners departed the port of Montreal for the unveiling of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. The Vimy Memorial was unveiled in July 1936 to a crowd of more than 100,000.

Posted on board the S.S. Montrose, July 23, 1936 and mailed at Antwerp, July 25, 1936
Antwerp "Paquebot" handstamp

S.S. Montrose handstamp

Souvenir Post Card issued by the French Post Office
Vimy, Canadian Memorial, July 26, 1936 cancellation

Canada Post Office issued a 15 cent commemorative stamp on October 15, 1968 featuring the Vimy Memorial, to mark the 50th anniversary of the end of World War I.

First Day Covers

Canada Post Office Replacement/Presentation First Day Cover

H and E




Fredericton to Midland, Ontario, December 19, 1968
6 cents forward letter + 40 cents special delivery fee

Registered letter from Vernon to Kelowna, November 22, 1968
Receipt acknowledged at Kelowna, November 27, 1968
15c acknowledgment of receipt fee

International Air Mail

London to Kornwestheim, Germany, December 17, 1968
15 cents air mail letter rate to Europe

Toronto to Prague, December 10, 1968
15 cents air mail letter rate to Europe