#100DaysofVimy – March 23rd, 2017

Each Thursday, we run a social media contest! Share with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and you can win a Vimy Prize Pack each week!

Contest for Thursday, March 23rd 2017:

Today we visited Sir Arthur Currie’s grave at Mount Royal Cemetery in Montreal, placing a Vimy Pin & Medal beneath the Cross of Sacrifice.
Credit: The Vimy Foundation / Jordan Slump, 2017.

 

The 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge is just over two weeks away! Share a photograph of your Vimy Pin and show your support for this monumental occasion in Canada’s history.

 

 

The inscription bears Currie’s motto “They Served Til Death – Why Not We?”, which after 1934 served as a rallying cry for the Vimy Pilgrimage of 1936.
Credit: The Vimy Foundation / Jordan Slump, 2017.

 

Guidelines:
Comment on our Facebook post, Instagram post, or tweet at us by 11:59pm PT on Thursday, March 23rd. Only one submission permitted per account per platform (i.e. if you have an account on both Facebook and Twitter you can enter twice; you cannot submit two entries through Facebook). One winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries received during the time period on all platforms. The winner will be contacted on Friday March 24th, 2017! These contests are not sponsored by Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

#100DaysofVimy – March 16th, 2017

Each Thursday, we run a social media contest! Share with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and you can win a Vimy Prize Pack each week! Contest for Thursday March 16th, 2017:

The Military Museums of Calgary will open their new exhibit, War Stories 1917 on April 9th, using the words of those who served to depict the three major Canadian battles of 1917 – Vimy, Hill 70 and Passchendaele.

Share A Specific Museum, Exhibit or Collection

On March 2nd we asked for your thoughts on private collections.  Many of you noted that museums tend to provide better access of viewing artifacts to the greater public, while private collections tend to maintain the very personal story of an object that would otherwise be lost in a larger display. In retrospect of this discussion, it is interesting to note that, on average, only 5 – 10%, (and as little as 2%) of a large museum’s collection is ever displayed. Considering this, share with us a specific museum, exhibit, or collection that has left an impression on you and which you think others would appreciate visiting.

War Stories: 1917 features a number of short documentaries on the many personalities who fought in the momentous battles of 1917. We highly suggest going to see the exhibit or visiting the website before it closes on August 25th!

Guidelines:

Comment on our Facebook post, Instagram post, or tweet at us by 11:59pm PT on Thursday, March 16th. Only one submission permitted per account per platform (i.e. if you have an account on both Facebook and Twitter you can enter twice; you cannot submit two entries through Facebook). One winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries received during the time period on all platforms. The winner will be contacted on Friday March 17th, 2017! These contests are not sponsored by Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

#100DaysofVimy – March 9th, 2017

Each Thursday, we run a social media contest! Share with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and you can win a Vimy Prize Pack each week! Contest for Thursday, March 9th 2017:

Today, March 9th, marks exactly one month until Canada commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Across the country, communities will stand together at their local cenotaphs, while in France, Canada’s Vimy Pilgrims will gather beneath the soaring pillars of the Vimy Memorial.
Where will you be on April 9th, 2017?

Guidelines:
Comment on our Facebook post, Instagram post, or tweet at us by 11:59pm PT on Thursday, March 9th. Only one submission permitted per account per platform (i.e. if you have an account on both Facebook and Twitter you can enter twice; you cannot submit two entries through Facebook). One winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries received during the time period on all platforms. The winner will be contacted on Friday March 10th, 2017! These contests are not sponsored by Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Vimy Pilgrimage Award recipients at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial on April 9th, 2015.
Credit: The Vimy Foundation, 2015.

#100DaysofVimy – March 2nd, 2017

Each Thursday, we run a social media contest! Share with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and you can win a Vimy Prize Pack each week! Contest for Thursday, March 2nd 2017:

When Will R. Bird visited Vimy Ridge for Maclean’s Magazine in 1932, he came across fields littered with broken rifles, rusted helmets and other war material. In the years following the First World War, private collecting of such “war artifacts” became a popular hobby of both veterans and later generations. Some believe that these objects belong in a museum, while others argue that the vast amounts of such material are too much for a museum to ever store and maintain. What do you think about private collections of “war artifacts”, such as uniforms, badges, letters and other personal effects? Are there benefits or drawbacks to these types of items being in private collections? Let us know your opinions (respectfully, please!). We’ll randomly choose one discussion participant to win a Vimy prize pack.

Guidelines:
Comment on our Facebook post, Instagram post, or tweet at us by 11:59pm PT on Thursday, March 2nd with your response. Only one submission permitted per account per platform (i.e. if you have an account on both Facebook and Twitter you can enter twice; you cannot submit two entries through Facebook). One winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries received during the time period on all platforms. The winner will be contacted on Friday March 3rd, 2017! These contests are not sponsored by Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

It was 25 years of private collecting that led to the creation of the Canadian Centre for the Great War, now home to approximately 4,000 artifacts.
Credit: Canadian Centre for the Great War, 2017.

#100DaysofVimy – February 23, 2017

Each Thursday, we run a social media contest! Share with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and you can win a Vimy Prize Pack each week! Contest for Thursday, February 23, 2017:

Over the past few weeks, we have been discovering places in Canada with a unique First World War connection. Has your community made a similar dedication? Share a photo of your community’s unique First World War connection!

Guidelines:
Comment on our Facebook post, Instagram post, or tweet at us by 11:59pm PT on Thursday, Feb 23 with a photo of your community’s unique First World War connection. Only one submission permitted per account per platform (i.e. if you have an account on both Facebook and Twitter you can enter twice; you cannot submit two entries through Facebook). One winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries received during the time period on all platforms. The winner will be contacted on Friday February 24, 2017! These contests are not sponsored by Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Credit: Kerry Poon & Nicole Lin, 2013 Beaverbrook Vimy Prize, Richmond, BC.
Credit: Leo Saccary, 2014 Vimy Pilgrimage Award, Regina, SK.

#100DaysofVimy – February 16, 2017

Each Thursday, we run a social media contest! Share with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and you can win a Vimy Prize Pack each week! Contest for Thursday, February 16, 2017:

In January we asked our followers to share a favourite non-fiction work on the First World War. Many works of fiction were also inspired by the First World War. Is there a book of fiction that has inspired you?

Guidelines:
Comment on our Facebook post, Instagram post, or tweet at us by 11:59pm PT on Thursday, Feb 16 with a First World War book of fiction that has inspired you. Only one submission permitted per account per platform (i.e. if you have an account on both Facebook and Twitter you can enter twice; you cannot submit two entries through Facebook). One winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries received during the time period on all platforms. The winner will be contacted on Friday February 17, 2017! These contests are not sponsored by Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Ernest Hemingway’s 1929 novel, A Farewell To Arms, was inspired by his own experiences as an Ambulance Driver in 1918 for the Red Cross in Italy.

#100DaysofVimy – February 09, 2017

Each Thursday, we run a social media contest! Share with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and you can win a Vimy Prize Pack each week! Contest for Thursday, February 09 2017:

Bearing Witness – Canadian War Art

In 2014, the Canadian War Museum launched the travelling exhibit “Witness – Canadian Art of the First World War”. This year the exhibit will be travelling to Arras for the 100th anniversary of the battles of Vimy and Arras. A few works of the exhibit can be viewed by following the link below. Whether or not you got to to see the exhibit in Canada, what is your favourite work of First World War art? http://www.warmuseum.ca/witness/

“Gas Chamber at Seaford” by F. H. Varley, who along with fellow Group of Seven member A. Y. Jackson, enlisted as Canadian War Artists.
Painted by Frederick Horsman Varley. Beaverbrook Collection of War Art, CWM 19710261-0772.

Guidelines:

Comment on our Facebook post, Instagram post, or tweet at us by 11:59pm PT on Thursday, Feb 09 with your favourite work of First World War art. Only one submission permitted per account per platform (i.e. if you have an account on both Facebook and Twitter you can enter twice; you cannot submit two entries through Facebook). One winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries received during the time period on all platforms. The winner will be contacted on Friday February 10, 2017! These contests are not sponsored by Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

#100DaysofVimy – February 2, 2017

Each Thursday, we run a social media contest! Share with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and you can win a Vimy Prize Pack each week!

Contest for Thursday, February 2, 2017: Last week we learned that approximately 29% of Canadians are descendants of those who served in the First World War. This week we are asking you to share your own personal connection to the war. Post a photo of a family member or their war mementos and tell us how they served during the First World War.

To ensure all the stories of Canada’s First World War soldiers are never forgotten, the Vimy Foundation works to share their legacy with young people. This week’s prize includes some books that are excellent for young readers: From Vimy to Victory from Hugh Brewster, and Grandpa’s Gift by Yasmin Thorpe.

Guidelines:

Comment on our Facebook post, Instagram post, or tweet at us by 11:59pm PT on Thursday, Feb 2 with a photo of a family member or their war mementos and tell us how they served during the First World War. Only one submission permitted per account per platform (i.e. if you have an account on both Facebook and Twitter you can enter twice; you cannot submit two entries through Facebook). One winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries received during the time period on all platforms. The winner will be contacted on Friday February 3, 2017! These contests are not sponsored by Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

 

#100DaysofVimy – January 26, 2017

Each Thursday, we run a social media contest! Share with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and you can win a Vimy Prize Pack each week! Contest for Thursday, January 26 2017:

On Monday we learned about Joseph Kaeble, VC, the first French Canadian to be awarded the Victoria Cross. Kaeble was a member of the “Van Doos”. Can you tell us why the 22e Regiment is referred to as the “Van Doos”? One response from all correct answers will win a prize! This week, we give away a copy of Georges Vanier: Soldier from Dundurn Press, edited by Deborah Cowley. Georges Vanier, the Governor General of Canada from 1959 to 1967, was one of the first men to join the “Van Doos”.  His service in the First World War shaped his character, and he often described the four years spent on the battlefields of Europe as the most rewarding of his life.

Guidelines:

Comment on our Facebook post, Instagram post, or tweet at us by 11:59pm PT on Thursday, Jan 26 with your answer. Only one submission permitted per account per platform (i.e. if you have an account on both Facebook and Twitter you can enter twice; you cannot submit two entries through Facebook). One winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries received during the time period on all platforms. The winner will be contacted on Friday January 27, 2017! These contests are not sponsored by Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

#100DaysofVimy – January 19, 2017

Each Thursday, we run a social media contest! Share with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (@vimyfoundation) and you can win a Vimy Prize Pack each week! Contest for Thursday, January 19 2017: War poetry! The First World War gave rise to “war poetry” as a stand-alone genre of writing. Unlike prior conflicts, the overwhelming majority of soldiers (and their families) were now literate. Thus a societal shift of expressing the trials of war through writing took place. As a result, the First World War saw an abundance of poetry written by the masses. What poem from the First World War impacts you most?

Guidelines:

Comment on our Facebook post, Instagram post, or tweet at us by 11:59pm PT on Thursday, Jan 19 with the name of a poem from the First World War – include the author and link if possible! Only one submission permitted per account per platform (i.e. if you have an account on both Facebook and Twitter you can enter twice; you cannot submit two entries through Facebook). One winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries received during the time period on all platforms. The winner will be contacted on Friday January 20, 2017. These contests are not sponsored by Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

 

In Flanders Fields Memorial, Ypres, Belgium. Photo from Mike Di Tomaso.
In Flanders Fields Memorial, Ypres, Belgium. Photo from Mike Di Tomaso.