Vimy Ridge, Hill 145

In their first battle, the 85th (Nova Scotia Highlanders) Battalion, CEF captured Hill 145 late in the afternoon of 9 April 1917. Hill 145 is the highest feature on Vimy Ridge and now the site of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. As I painted this picture I kept thinking about the young Canadians and the hell they endured. So many killed. So many wounded. All deeply affected. What would they tell us now, if they could, one hundred years later?