This article examines four interactions with Canada’s National War Memorial: ongoing skateboarding, an act of public urination in 2006, the 2008 “Vigil Project,” and the 2006 placement of the Valiants Memorial. It argues that these interactions with the monument demonstrate its potential as a site at which to learn about Canada’s military past and to embody the memories of others, thereby learning from the past. These types of learning are possible because the monument operates as an assemblage of material and virtual components.

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