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The monument at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France is almost 70 years old. The passage of time, wear and tear and harsh weather conditions have led to the monument's deterioration, despite regular upkeep over the years. Its restoration requires more than routine maintenance. The rehabilitation plan for Vimy Memorial is part of the Canadian Battlefield Memorials Restoration Project, directed by Canada's Department of Veterans Affairs in cooperation with other Canadian departments, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, consultants and specialists in military history.

The 13 Canadian First World War battlefield memorials are accordingly undergoing repair and restoration work, which started in the fall of 2001 and has already been completed in many cases. The rehabilitation and restoration of the Vimy Memorial started in December 2004 and is slated for completion in 2006. Furthermore, as the Memorial has been designated a national historic site of Canada, the work will also respect the historical and cultural integrity of the original monument design by the artist and architect, Walter S. Allward.

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