Battle of Vimy Ridge remembered


To mark the 100th anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge, not only was there a ceremony held in France, many local ones were held too.

The Prince of Wales and his sons joined Canadian PM Justin Trudeau to pay tribute to those lost in the battle of Vimy Ridge a century ago.

Prince William and his brother Harry laid boots on the memorial in memory of the fallen soldiers. 3,598 Canadians died during the four day battle and another 7,000 were injured.

The Battle for Vimy Ridge was a distinctly Canadian effort from the beginning, a true demonstration of all the best qualities that Canada represents: individual initiative; esprit de corps; gumption; enthusiasm.

"They fought courageously and with great ingenuity in winning the strategic high point of Vimy Ridge, though victory came at a heavy cost with more than 10,000 fallen and wounded", said in a special message.

Instead, rain and sleet and artillery shells had lashed what then was a muddy, bloody battlefield as 30,000 Canadian soldiers huddled in trenches and waited for the assault to kick off. "So for the battle of Vimy Ridge, we say on behalf of all Canadians, thank you, you will not be forgotten".

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Representatives of France, Canada and the United Kingdom are among some 25,000 people expected to attend a memorial event on Sunday (April 9). Three thousand, five hundred and ninety-eight Canadians were killed in the fighting. I can say without hesitation that Manitobans have never forgotten, and we will never forget, the sacrifice made by our courageous men and women in uniform.

On April 9, 2017, the community came together to remember the sacrifice of those that fought at Vimy Ridge. Largely because of its military achievement in northern France, the North American country was a separate signatory to the treaty that ended World War I.

"They are telling us peace is the most precious gift and it's the greatest merit of Europe to have realized that dream".

While many Canadians consider the victory at Vimy a significant step in their nation's development, some Canadian historians have debunked the state's official view of its significance.

"The soaring monument at Vimy Ridge stands at the site of a decisive victory".

He said: "It's the most incredible feeling when you walk up to the Vimy site and you see the bomb craters that are still here". Without freedom, there can be no peace.

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