Sunday April 9th is the 100th Anniversary of the 1917 Battle of Vimy Ridge, that is often referred to as a defining moment in Canadian History. This is the first time all four Canadian Divisions representing Canada from coast to coast were fighting together against the foe during the Great War. To mark this 100th Anniversary the 2310 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps of Sault Ste along with other cadet units, Reserve Units and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 25 are holding a Vimy Parade on Sunday April 09th. The public is welcome to view the parade along the parade route leaving from the Civic Centre 11:00 and finishing at the Cenotaph with a wreath laying service.
By the end of day on 12 April 1917 that saw four days of heavy fighting, the Canadian Corps had firm control of the ridge. The Canadians had a commanding view for tens of kilometers all around them. When the tally was taken the Canadians had suffered 10,603 casualties, 3,598 killed and 7,004 wounded. Many of those killed have no known grave as the battlefield swallowed them up.
The units participating in the 100th Anniversary Parade are 2310 Army Cadet which is the host unit as part of the Army Cadets Leagues Vimy Project of Remembrance. 46 Royal Sovereign Sea and 155 Borden Gray Squadron Air Cadets, 49th Field Regiment, 33 Service Battalion, Branch 25 Royal Canadian Legion. After the Parade arrives at the Cenotaph there will a wreath laying by dignitaries which include Honorable Terry Sheehan MP for Sault Ste Marie, Patrick Brown MPP Simcoe North, Christine Provenzano Mayor City of Sault Ste Marie, Wayne Paulencu, President Branch 25 Royal Canadian Legion, Major Steve Lambert, 49th Field Regiment.
Prior to the 2310 Army Cadets arriving at the Civic Centre, they will be meet at the Sault Ste Marie Museum where they will visit the Vimy Display. This is open to the public from 08 April to 12 Aug during normal museum hours of Tuesday to Saturday from 09:30 to 5:00 pm in the Durham Room. This display includes The Sault Ste Marie Museum presents Vimy; a Sault Prespective and Vimy – Battle Memorial Icon which is a traveling exhibition produced by the Canadian Was Museum. The Sault Ste. Marie Museum has worked with the support of various community partners to bring to life an exhibition that explores the Battle of Vimy Ridge and it’s ties to our community of Sault Ste. Marie, as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the battle this year. For more information on the Sault Ste Marie Vimy Exhibit visit: www.saultmuseum.ca or e-mail [email protected].
Timings for Sunday 09 April, 2017
09:00 2310 Army Cadets meet and view the Vimy display.
10:20 2310 Army Cadets march from the Sault Ste Marie Museum.
10:30 Units muster the at Sault Ste Marie City Hall
10:45 2310 Army Cadet requests Freedom of the City.
10:50 Units Fall in.
11:00 Parade marches from City Hall to the Cenotaph.
11:15 Parade arrives at Cenotaph.
11:20 Opening Statements.
11:30 Laying of Wreaths,
Last Post, 2 min of Silence followed by Reveille
They shall grow not old as we who are left grow old
Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning
We will remember them.
11:40 Three Gun Salute in Remembrance,
49th Field Regiment (Field Gun Firing)
God Save the Queen, performed by the Branch 25 Royal Canadian Legion.
Colours Retired, Parade Dismissed.
11:50 Parade Dismissed.