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Vimy – Beyond the Battle

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Remembered as a victory, the Battle of Vimy Ridge (April 9–12, 1917) in France was also one of Canada’s costliest engagements during the First World War. Over the past century, Canadians have remembered and commemorated this battle in many different ways and for many different reasons. Vimy – Beyond the Battle sheds light on how and why we commemorate by exploring private and collective memories of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the First World War and more recent conflicts. The exhibition is a potent reminder that acts of commemoration help us construct our past and shape our present.

This exhibition is developed by the Canadian War Museum with the generous support of John and Elizabeth Irving.

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How do you commemorate war?

Commemorations are all around us. Individuals, communities and nations take time to remember people, events and actions related to war and conflicts. Commemoration can take many forms — a private object or photograph, a public monument, sculpture or building, an action, a ritual or ceremony — and can serve multiple purposes. The examples below are images taken by Canadians of conflict commemorations that are meaningful to them.

Want to see your image here? Post a photo to your Twitter or Instagram account using the hashtags #MyCommemoration and #BeyondVimy. Your photo of a conflict commemoration might even be selected to appear in the multimedia experience at the end of our special exhibition Vimy – Beyond the Battle. Click below for the full terms and conditions.

Terms and Conditions

What are we looking for?

  • Photos of meaningful military commemorations (in a time of war or peace).
  • They can be personal or community-based — for example: it could be an image of a loved one who served, a ceremony, a memorial, a personal keepsake, a tattoo, etc.

Criteria for photographs

  • Photos must be related to a conflict or a military commemoration.
  • To be considered, the photo must be submitted via Twitter or Instagram, with the following hashtags: #MyCommemoration and #BeyondVimy, or #JeCommémore and #AuDelàdeVimy
  • Anything that depicts an act of a gruesome or violent nature will not be considered.
  • Make sure you have permission from the people in your photo to post it to social media.
  • Make sure you have the right to publish the subject of your photo (be it an object, artwork, ceremony, etc.).
  • If your profile is private, please let us know so we can follow you. Otherwise, we will not be able to see the images.
  • Format: digital jpeg format; colour or black and white; 72 DPI.
  • Submissions will be accepted until July 31, 2017.

How your photograph will be used

You will be notified if we select your image.

  • Exhibition: Your photo will run as part of an onscreen loop in the exhibition Vimy – Beyond the Battle at the Canadian War Museum, from September 30 to November 12, 2017. We may also include your first name and the title, date and location of your photo in a caption that will be visible in the exhibition space.
  • Social media: By using the #MyCommemoration \ #JeCommémore hashtags, you give permission to the Canadian War Museum to share your photo on the Museum’s social media channels.
  • Only those submissions that were chosen will be included in the exhibition. Photos will be used for the duration of the exhibition only and will not be retained in the War Museum’s collections.

Rules and regulations

  • By submitting your photo, you represent and warrant that you are the age of majority or have sought permission from your parent(s) and/or legal guardian(s).
  • By submitting your photograph, you are granting the Canadian War Museum non-exclusive, royalty-free, irrevocable permission to use your submission in any component of the exhibition, which may include but is not limited to display, promotional and marketing material, publications and online use, including social media channels.
  • By submitting your photograph, you warrant and represent that the submission does not infringe on any third party rights. You agree to indemnify and hold the Canadian War Museum harmless of any and all losses, damages, liability and costs resulting from any claims, demands, suits, or actions taken in consequence of any alleged infringement of any copyright or moral right in the submission.
  • The Canadian War Museum does not have an obligation to display the photograph submitted by you, and reserves the right to reject photographs that do not reflect the theme of the exhibition, or that contain inappropriate content.
  • Your email address will not be disclosed.

What if I do not have a Twitter or Instagram account?

Please email your image with a description to

This exhibition is developed by the
Canadian War Museum with the generous support of John & Elizabeth Irving

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