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A monument to Canadians who fought at Vimy Ridge, first dedicated in 1926, has undergone another round of restoration.

The newly refurbished Vimy Ridge Memorial Park 44th Battalion monument and plaza was formally recognized at a press conference today.

Armand Lavallee, chairman of the Joint Veterans Association, says it's a good thing to refurbish the monument and make it stand out so people will notice it more.

"We must remember that our freedom wasn't free, and we have to remember those people that gave us this freedom because a lot of times we just take it for granted," says Lavallee.
The refurbished monument is now set on a new platform in a grey stone parade plaza, with expanded flower beds, lighting and banner poles. Other improvements to the park include new walkways, additional benches and new landscaping.

Mayor Brian Bowman says it's especially heartwarming to see the improvements to the park happen during this year, 100 years since the battle of Vimy Ridge.

"It's a battle that's sometimes seen as a benchmark moment for Canada as a nation. Canadians displayed incredible courage, bravery, and sadly, the ultimate sacrifice," says Bowman.

Up to $50,000 for the restoration comes from Veterans Affairs Canada's Commemorative Partnership Program, with another $300,000 coming from the City of Winnipeg's capital funding.