Remembering Hill 70
As Canada is gears up for next year’s 150 birthday, another memorial is being built in France to remember Hill 70, a ten day World War II battle that took place 100 years ago, in August of 1917. Canadians suffered 8,700 killed, wounded or missing.
Governor General David Johnston will serve as patron. Donations of funds, in-kind services have been secured such as architects and legal services. The town of Loos-en-Gohelle near the battle site in France has provided an 8 hectare site for the memorial.
Engraved on an obelisk on the site will be the sword of sacrifice, and the words: CANADA 1917. Located southwest of the site is Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, where many of those who lost their lives rest.
Set into the pathways on the site are 1877 Canadian Maple Leaves, each representing a Canadian Soldier who died achieving the Victory at Hill 70. — Hill 70.ca
Remembering and Educating about Hill 70
Telling the story and significance of the battle is so Canadians, especially youth, remember and connect with a fading history. Several books, a bilingual “Heritage Minute” video will air on TV. Underway is a program to engage today’s youth at 3,500 high schools across Canada. Education resources are already available.
In 2017, the Hill 70 Memorial Project spokesperson, Col. Chris Hadfield will host a national “hackathon” with 5,000 high school students. The aim will be to research all 1,877 Canadians who fell there. Their biographies will be posted on Hill 70.ca
On this Remembrance Day, and every day it is important to reflect upon the sentiments in the poem In Flanders Fields. Pause and honour the sacrifices of all Canadians who have served and are serving in our armed forces.
Donations to Hill 70 Memorial Project can be made online.