=== by Bob Sutherland ===
Photographs of the unveiling ceremony of the Vimy Ridge Memorial in France, 1936.
Vimy Ridge Memorial is a park and monument built on the battlefields in France to honour the Canadian soldiers of World War I. Here are photographs of the unveiling ceremony on 26 July 1936.
The statue of the woman is standing on the edge of the platform looking down from a high wall in front of the towers. It is the opposite side of the monument from the side with the steps leading up to the towers that is shown in photos war44.jpg and war64.jpg . I have read that the statue of the woman is looking down at the battlefield and mourning Canada's heavy casualties during the Great War (latter renamed the First World War and World War I).
The flag wrapped around the platform His Majesty King Edward VIII is standing on is named the Red Ensign. Throughout Canada's first 100 years the Red Ensign was used as Canada's flag until it was replaced by our current maple leaf flag in 1965. In the early years flag makers kept changing the crest of the Red Ensign flag as new provinces were added to our confederation.