Canada is a latecomer to the unknown soldiers club. The Canadian Tomb of The Unknown Soldier is located at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. The memorial was built in 1939 and the unknown soldier interred there in 2000.
At the request of the Canadian government, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission selected one of the 1,603 graves of unknown Canadians buried in the vicinity of Vimy Ridge in France - the site of the first major battle where Canadian troops fought as a combined force.
The remains of the soldier were exhumed in May, 2000 and flown in a Canadian Forces aircraft to Ottawa, accompanied by an honour guard which included a chaplain, Royal Canadian Legion veterans, and representatives of Canadian youth. In Ottawa, the unknown soldier lay in state for three days.
Finally, the body was transported to the National War Memorial on a horse-drawn gun carriage provided by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
The now empty grave in France now bears the following message
THE FORMER GRAVE OF AN UNKNOWN CANADIAN SOLDIER OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR. HIS REMAINS WERE REMOVED ON 25 MAY 2000 AND NOW LIE INTERRED AT THE NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL IN OTTAWA CANADA.