The Breaking of the Sword

“It is an inspired expression in stone, chiselled by a skilful Canadian hand, of Canada’s salute to her fallen sons.”

— King Edward VIII referring to the memorial during his 1936 speech

The Canadian National Vimy Memorial is one of only two Canadian National Historic sites located outside of Canada, and is situated at the most storied battlefield in Canadian military history. As such, it is a fitting subject for recognition as part of Canada’s history in LEGO. John Koob and Chris Gray of NALUG spent over 3000 hours to complete their model over a span of 5 years, incorporating over 150000 LEGO parts.

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The Great Response of Canada

“One sees at a glance the answer made by Canada when the world’s peace was broken and freedom threatened in the fateful years of the Great War.”
His Majesty King George VI on occasion of the dedication of the memorial on Sunday, May 21, 1939

Canada’s National War Memorial sits a few hundred meters from the center of Canada’s capital in Ottawa, and is a large, granite and bronze memorial arch. Bill Kernohan of ParLUGment has done a fantastic job of recreating one of Canada’s most important monuments, capturing the bronze-cast soldiers marching through the arch, with allegorical depictions of Peace and Freedom perched atop – values with which these soldiers blessed the world.

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A Devotion to Peace

Canada Peacekeeping
I am grateful for the opportunities I have been given to participate in that work as a representative of my country, Canada, whose people have, I think, shown their devotion to peace. – Lester Bowles Pearson

Many consider the birth of modern United Nations Peacekeepers to be in 1956, at the suggestion of Canadian diplomat Lester B. Pearson.  Jeff Lee (dr_spock_888) from ToroLUG has put together this tribute to Canadian Peacekeeping. The Peacekeepers can be seen wearing their traditional Blue headgear (often referred to Blue Berets or Blue Helmets), and are clearly enforcing a peaceable transition for the civilians behind them.
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