More than three decades after Canada became a battleground in World War II, its first permanent murals of war have opened up in a city of nearly 10,000.
The new “Battle of Vimy Ridge” is by artists Denny D. and Jimmie M. and features a photograph of soldiers and the words “Remember” and “Remember this.”
The new mural was painted in May and is the largest piece of artwork in the city since it was completed in the early 1960s.
It is the second permanent mural in Toronto since the war, after the “Battle for Vimy” in 1960.
Toronto’s new permanent mural is one of the first of its kind in the world.
The first was built in 1943 in a village on the outskirts of Toronto and included the image of a British soldier as well as a portrait of a Canadian soldier.
Toronto has had more than a dozen murals for its war dead since then, including one in 2014.
The Battle of Vimys is a battle fought in the first weeks of the war.
In that battle, the British launched an attack that killed 2,500 Canadians and wounded nearly 4,000 others.
It was the biggest military victory in Canadian history.
“This is something that’s really exciting,” said David Bancroft, director of the Canadian War Museum.
“The city of Toronto has the resources to make something like this permanent.”
The War Museum says it’s not the first time Canada has painted permanent war memorials.
In 2007, it was the first country in the western hemisphere to open up a permanent war cemetery.
The city was also the first in the country to erect a war memorial on its downtown Toronto waterfront.
But the new mural is by far the largest.
The war memorial was originally erected in the 1920s.
The current installation is the first by a Canadian art collective since the 1940s, when the city also commissioned a painting of a soldier’s face.
It’s the first to be painted by the artists and is now on display at the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
“Vimy Ridge is an important piece of history that represents a Canadian perspective on the war,” said Rob Boudreau, the museum’s executive director.
“It was a major military defeat that marked the end of the First World War, but we’re still very much a nation committed to peace.”
The war’s legacy is deeply felt by many Canadians, who have long mourned the loss of their family members.
The veterans who died at Vimy are commemorated in a large mural on the city’s waterfront, and have even had a monument to commemorate them erected in honour of them at the city council building.
The mural’s new creators say the work will continue to be important to Toronto’s memory.
“We want to be part of a conversation around the importance of Remembrance Day and how it affects the way people think about this place,” said Jimmie Denny, one of Denny and Jimmi M.’s three sons.
Hopefully, this mural will bring more awareness to the history of the city.”