Canada’s 150th birthday has been marked at the Military Cemetery at Shorncliffe in Folkestone.

The ceremony included an age old tradition of children laying flowers on the graves of Canadian soldiers.

Nestled on the hillside above the Kent coastline is Shorncliffe Military Cemetery - the final resting place of 300 World War 1 Canadian soldiers.

Most of them had been injured on the frontline and had been brought to Folkestone Army hospitals for treatment.

Forty thousand Canadians came to the area in 1915 having answered Britain’s call to arms.

Large camps of huts and tents were set up for them in and around Shorncliffe Army Camp.

When their time came they boarded troop ships at Folkestone Harbour heading for Western Front.

Today 350 children from local schools are taking part in Canadian Flower Day a tradition that was born there in 1919.

Every year since then, with a short break during WW2, children lay a flower on the grave of the Canadian soldiers.

Some of the children taking part today have parents or grandparents who did the same thing.

The Generations Old Tradition Remembering The Canadians Who Fell In WW1