Honour legacy of Vimy

The Battle of Vimy Ridge marked a profound turning point in the First World War. For many, it was the birth of a Canadian identity.
This, however, was achieved at a high cost with 10,602 Canadian casualties, including 3,598 courageous soldiers who lost their lives.
The battle began at 5:30 a.m. on April 9, 1917 (Easter Monday). More than 20,000 Canadian infantrymen accomplished what other allied forces had tried but failed to do—capture Vimy Ridge.
For the first time, all four divisions of the Canadian Corps fought together side by side.
This Canadian success earned our young country a separate signature on the peace treaty of Versailles of 1919, which ended the First World War.
The 90th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, on Monday, April 9, 2007 (which also happens to be Easter Monday), will offer us an opportunity to remember and honour the brave Canadians who helped shape Canada as a nation.
This significant anniversary will be recognized with ceremonies and youth-oriented events throughout Canada and in France.
On the afternoon of April 9, there will be an anniversary and dedication event at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France.
Other public events in France will include an evening commemorative ceremony on April 7, as well as a “Freedom of the City” event in Arras, near Vimy Ridge, on the afternoon of April 8.
During the months leading up to the April 9 anniversary, a number of activities and events will take place across our country to celebrate the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
This includes a national ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on April 9.
All Canadians, especially youth and community organizations, can get involved by learning more about the great achievements of our country during the Battle of Vimy Ridge, and by participating in commemorative events in our communities.
For more information on the events surrounding the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the dedication of the restored Canadian National Vimy Memorial, call toll-free 1-800-443-0394 or visit www.vac-acc.gc.ca
The website will be updated regularly as plans progress.

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