Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge
Saturday, 9th April marks 99 years since the battle of Vimy Ridge. Many gathered at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial site in France to remember and honour the fallen soldiers of the Canadian Expeditionary Force who were killed during the First World War. Among those honoured were Veterans, international military representatives, Canadian and French citizens. The Canadian National Vimy Memorial site serves as a tribute to soldiers who were killed in battle and have no known grave. Designer of the memorial site, Walter Seymour Allward took 11 years to conceive and materialise his vision. The monument covers 250 acres of land.
As the Canadian national symbol of achievement and sacrifice, the battle at Vimy Ridge is significant in that it was the first time that all four divisions of the Canadian Corps worked together.
A construction of a new Visitor Education Centre is currently underway at the memorial site where visitors will receive comprehensive and meaningful information about Canada’s contribution to the First World War. The Centre is set to open to the public in April, 2017 as it will be significant to its 100th anniversary. This victory was bitter sweet, 3,598 Canadians were killed and another 7,000 wounded.
Apart from the celebration in France, cadets gathered at Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery in remembrance of the defining moments for Canadian soldiers.