Monday April 9, 1918 (101st Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge) Please join us on April 9th at the Cenotaph on the corner of Vedder Road and Keith Wilson Road, for the Vimy Ridge 101st Anniversary Parade and Memorial Service, starting at 11:00 am. Refreshments at the Branch after the Service and Parade.
The Canadian National Vimy Memorial, soars high over the former battlefields of Artois. Canadian troops captured Vimy Ridge on the opening day of the Battle of Arras in April 1917, suffering more than 10,000 casualties, including almost 3,600 dead. All four divisions of the Canadian Corps fought together for the first time as one in a 'pivotal battle'. It is by their sacrifice that Canada became an independent signatory to the Treaty of Versailles. In that sense, Canada was born here. Prince Charles, representing Queen Elizabeth, stated "This was, and remains, the single bloodiest day in Canadian military history. Yet Canadians displayed a strength of character and commitment to one another that is still evident today. They did not waver."