In case you missed it, April 9th, was the 99th anniversary of Canada’s famous WW1 battle, Vimy Ridge.
The Vimy Ridge Commemoration took place at the Gore Street WW1 Memorial.
It is the job of every cadet corps. to take a well-known battle under their wing, so to speak, and honour it.
Vimy Ridge was honoured this day by the 2310 Army Cadets and the 155 Air Cadets.
“Thank you to the Branch 25 Royal Canadian Legion, Legion Band, Padre Vaudry, A/SLt. Richard Blackstock from 46 Sea Cadet Corps., the Combined Pipes and Drum Band of 155 Air Cadet Squadron and 2310 Army Cadets, Parade Commander Comrade Ernie Bremner from the Royal Canadian Legion and 2310 Cadets, staff and support committee,” Major Pierre Breckenridge wanted to note.
In ‘the war to end all wars’ Vimy Ridge was a bitter-sweet victory for Canadian troops. It was a battle that set Canadian troops apart from their leaders and mother nation of the United Kingdom.
Bitter because of so many that lost their lives.
Sort of sweet because it was the turning point to set Canada apart from the United Kingdom.
“Many historians and writers consider the Canadian victory at Vimy a defining moment for Canada, when the country emerged from under the shadow of Britain and felt capable of greatness. Canadian troops also earned a reputation as formidable, effective troops because of the stunning success. But it was a victory at a terrible cost, with more than 10,000 killed and wounded,” writes Tim Cook of the Canadian War Museum.