Photo: Jeffrey Wallace (taken 3 August 2007)
Canada's Memorial to her men and women who were killed during World War I was unveiled on 26 July 1936 at the site of the battle of Vimy Ridge. Veterans and their families were invited to join a "Pilgrimage" to the unveiling and to tour the battlefields of France and Belgium.
Wayne Curtis tells me that his uncle made the pilgrimage to the Vimy Monument unveiling. There was so much interest in this event that five ships were needed to carry all the people who made the trip.
More information on the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the Vimy Memorial is available at the Veterans Affairs Canada website.
Front and back of the postal stationery postcard prepared by France.
Commemorative first day cover of the France 75c issue unveiling the Vimy Monument on 26 July 1936.
On 11 September 1929, France introduced a special concessionary letter rate to Canada,
75c on the first 20g and 50c for each additional 20g. This rate was in effect until 31 July 1937.
The rate for letters to other UPU countries was 1.50F per 15g. 
Commemorative cover with insert mailed on the SS Montrose on 16 July 1936.
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