John’s Believe It Or Not… May 25th

* 2000 – Remains of an unidentified Canadian soldier – who died at Vimy Ridge – are brought back to Canada and buried in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier beside the National War Memorial. * 1977 Star Wars opens * 1977 Chinese government removes ban on Shakespeare * 1895 Oscar Wilde is sent to prison for indecency * 1927 International best-selling thriller writer Robert Ludlum is born

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* 2000 – Remains of an unidentified Canadian soldier – who died at Vimy Ridge – are brought back to Canada and buried in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier beside the National War Memorial.

Canada repatriated the remains of an Unknown Soldier from France in May 2000 and laid them to rest at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. The idea originated as a millennium project of the Royal Canadian Legion and was coordinated through the government by Veterans Affairs Canada. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… May 25th”

John’s Believe It Or Not… May 25th

In 2000 – Remains of an unidentified Canadian soldier are buried in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. In 1977 Star Wars opens. In 1994 Pennsylvania man buried with his beloved Corvette. In 1979 Worst air crash in U.S. history. In 1660 The English Restoration.

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* 2000 – Remains of an unidentified Canadian soldier, who died at Vimy Ridge, are buried in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. (The Canadian Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (in French: Tombe du Soldat Inconnu) is located before the National War Memorial in Confederation Square, Ottawa, Ontario. The culmination of a project begun by the Royal Canadian Legion, the tomb was added to the war memorial in 2000 and holds the remains of an unidentified Canadian soldier who died in France during World War I. The soldier was selected from a cemetery in the vicinity of Vimy Ridge, the site of a famous Canadian battle. On the afternoon of May 28, the body of the unknown soldier was transported to the National War Memorial on a horse-drawn Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) gun carriage. Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, her husband, and Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, as well as veterans, Canadian Forces personnel, and members of the RCMP, were in the funeral cortege. Then, with full military honours before a crowd of 20,000, the body, in a silver maple casket, was re-interred in a sarcophagus in front of the war memorial. Legionnaires placed a handful of soil from each of Canada’s provinces and territories, as well as from the soldier’s former grave site, on the casket before the tomb was sealed. The original headstone of the unknown soldier is the sole artifact and the focal point of Memorial Hall in the Canadian War Museum. The hall was designed in such a way that sunlight will only frame the headstone once each year on the 11th of November at 11:00 am. At the former burial site of the unknown soldier, a grave marker similar to the other headstones in the Cabaret-Rouge Cemetery was placed at the now-empty grave. It is inscribed with these words:

THE FORMER GRAVE OF AN
UNKNOWN CANADIAN SOLDIER
OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR.
HIS REMAINS WERE REMOVED
ON 25 MAY 2000 AND NOW
LIE INTERRED AT THE
NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL
IN OTTAWA CANADA. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… May 25th”