A trophy from World War One unveiled in St. Catharines

A piece of Canadian military history was unveiled at the Lake Street Armoury in St. Catharines Friday.

After a fundraising campaign launched in 2009, to pay for its restoration, the old German howitzer which used to sit at The Commons in NIagara on the Lake finally made its debut.

The gun was captured in the Battle of Vimy Ridge, a key battle in the First World War.

Friday's unveiling comes just in time for the 100th anniversary of the April 9th battle.

The century year old piece of artillery will make its new home in the future Niagara Military Heritage Centre.

The building is expected to be the future home of the Lincoln and Welland Regiment Museum and consist of two buildings totally almost 30,000 square feet.

The centre will cost 15 million dollars and sit on a Lakeshore Road property in Niagara-on-the-Lake known as the Rifle Range - the last uninterpreted, historically significant War of 1812 site in Niagara.

Garry Guitard is the Chair of the Lincoln and Welland Regiment Foundation and says the campaign has already raised over 1 million dollars.