Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Battle that Defined a Country
Local vets lead Vimy Ridge ceremony at Sapper's Memorial
Released by Veterans Affairs Canada/Voice photos
A veteran from the Chilliwack Colour Guard lays a wreath
IMY, France - On the occasion of the 97th anniversary of the Battle of Arras and the Capture of Vimy Ridge, Canadian and French citizens gathered today at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, in France, to commemorate the Canadian soldiers who fought so valiantly at Vimy Ridge during the First World War.
The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, addressed French and Canadian officials, Veterans and others in attendance.
He paid tribute to the Canadian Corps, whose four full divisions fought side by side for the first time during the four-day battle, and honoured the memory of all the brave men and women who served during the First World War.
"The Battle of Vimy Ridge remains one of the most powerful moments in our military history, a victory for Canada on the world stage, though with much sacrifice. While Canadians mourn the loss of so many lives, we take pride in the valour of those who fought at Vimy Ridge in the name of peace, security, and freedom," said Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, in a release on Wednesday.
Learn more about the Battle of Vimy Ridge here.
Thanks to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #280