102nd Anniversary of Vimy Ridge Celebrated Locally

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The Commanding Officer, Staff and Cadets of the 2310 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps Along with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 25 joined together to commemorate the 102nd anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge.

On Saturday, the Cadet Corps and Legion welcomed the public as well to honour one of the most historic events in Canadian military history.

 

Veterans.gc.ca does an excellent job recapping just how important the battle was to Canadian history.

“Vimy Ridge was a major victory for Canadians during the first World War, helping add to a stronger sense of nationality

Vimy Ridge is located in northern France, about 175 kilometres north of Paris. It is a long, high hill that dominates the surrounding landscape. Germany captured Vimy Ridge early in the war and transformed it into a strong defensive position, with a complex system of tunnels and trenches manned by highly trained soldiers with many machine guns and artillery pieces.

The Battle of Vimy Ridge began at 5:30 a.m. on Easter Monday, April 9, 1917. The first wave of 15,000-20,000 Canadian soldiers, many heavily laden with equipment, attacked through the wind-driven snow and sleet into the face of deadly machine gun fire.

The Battle of Vimy Ridge proved to be a great success, but it only came at a heavy cost. The some 100,000 Canadians who served there suffered more than 10,600 casualties, nearly 3,600 of which were fatal.

At Vimy Ridge, regiments from coast to coast saw action together in a distinctly Canadian triumph, helping create a new and stronger sense of national identity in our country. Canada’s military achievements during the war raised our international stature and helped earn us a separate signature on the Treaty of Versailles that formally ended the war.”

During the ceremony, a brand new plaque commemorating the over 3000 soldiers who lost their lives, as well as the other 7000 who were injured during the conflict. It can be found at the most Eastern part of Greenwood Cemetery.

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