Introduction

The Canadian National Vimy Memorial is a powerful landmark for our area. Like a beacon, it towers over the Lens plain with its two columns. An emotional symbol and a symbol of Liberty, for Canadians it is also the symbol of the birth of their Nation.

The Lens-Liévin Conurbation Committee is pursuing an ambitious policy of promoting the area. Remembrance tourism, an essential aspect of the area’s appeal, is part of this. The policy provides vital support for the achievement of further recognition for the area by 2018 under French and Belgian plans to have the area’s First World War cemeteries and memorials included on the prestigious list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The sites in question include our major memorials: Notre-Dame-de-Lorette in Ablain-Saint-Nazaire, the Canadian National
Vimy Memorial and the Dud Corner Cemetery/Loos Memorial at Loos-en-Gohelle.