As part of NATO agreements, air forces from the USA and Canada installed strategic air bases in Europe such as the one in Marville in the Meuse department (France). In 1955, Virton as well as Florenville and Longuyon (France) were ready to welcome the several hundred Canadian air force pilots of the 1st Wing who were looking for accommodation for themselves and their families. In 1967, the NATO bases in France were prohibited by order of General de Gaulle and had to be dismantled. After 12 years, the Canadian servicemen had to move with their families from France to the RCAF Station Lahr (Germany). This “Canadian era” had strongly marked the life of the inhabitants of Virton. Strong links of friendship had been forged. It was only normal to throw a party for the departure of the Canadians on 11th March 1967. In sign of esteem and gratitude for the outstanding welcome they had received, the Canadians offered Longuyon and Virton each a totem pole from Canada, an exceptional gesture for the First Nations of Canada. The totem pole, which was severely damaged, was replaced by a copy sculpted by Claude Goffinet and inaugurated on 30th October 1992.