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Vets pay poignant visit to Vimy
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Toronto Star - Toronto, Ont.
Author: Michael Hanlon Toronto Star
Date: Apr 9, 1987
Start Page: A.1
Section: NEWS
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As the sun broke through the haze here this morning, 11 Canadian veterans gazed up at the towering 27-metre-high memorial to 60,000 fallen World War I comrades and fought back tears as they marked the anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

When it came time to lay a wreath to commemorate the Canadian Expeditionary Force, Brig-Gen. James de Lalanne, a mere 90, a man for whom a street in Vimy has been named, abandoned his cane, marched briskly up the steps to the monument and snapped the smartest salute of the day.

Around the base of the statue are the names of 11,285 Canadians who were posted as "missing, presumed dead" in France in World War I. A tree for each one has been planted in the park amid the shell- holes and the massive craters - Montreal Crater, Winnipeg Crater - caused by mines blown up by Canadians who placed them in tunnels dug beneath the German entrenchments.

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