St. Julien Canadian Memorial tree replacement

Media advisory

St. Julien, Belgium – The Government of Canada is replacing the overgrown and intertwined trees that frame the Brooding Soldier monument at the St. Julien Canadian Memorial (Langemark-Poelkapelle). This tree replacement project is part of Veterans Affairs Canada’s ongoing commitment to ensure the integrity and maintenance of Canada’s 13 First World War memorials in Europe.

Starting on October 26, the work on site is expected to last until December 2020. Public access may not be possible at times during the project. Replacing the trees will restore the integrity of the memorial and ensure a fitting tribute to the Canadians who died there.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission maintains the grounds at the St. Julien Canadian Memorial in Belgium on behalf of Veterans Affairs Canada. It is overseeing this project and will continue to maintain the grounds after the work is complete.


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Veterans Affairs Canada
+1 613-992-7468

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Embassy of Canada to Belgium and Luxembourg
+32 474 981 684

Note to Canadian media: please direct any inquiries to Veterans Affairs Canada

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