Publication: Legion Magazine
Article: Terrain, Tunnels and Trees
Date: March, 1st 2007
Excerpt: Sheep graze peacefully in the wooded areas and open fields of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial Park, unaware they are treading on some of the most fought over territory of World War I. It is the space where historians have said that Canada became a nation. “The land is very uncommon. There is very little battlefield terrain left to us,” explained Hélène Robichaud, the director of the Canadian Battlefield Memorials Restoration Project for Veterans Affairs Canada. In fact, the Vimy site and the land preserved around nearby Beaumont Hamel where Newfoundlanders showed their mettle in that same war, comprise about 80 per cent of WW I battlefields still in existence.