How the Region will remember Vimy Ridge

Around 20,000 Canadians made the journey to the memorial in northern France to mark the centenary of the battle which was one of the defining moments of World War I.

Servicemen wear poppies as they attend a ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge at the Canadian National Memorial in Vimy, France on Sunday.

Princes Harry and William of Britain dropped boots symbolizing the dead soldiers, and ceramic poppies.

Delivering part of his address in French Charles added: "We honour those who served so gallantly, and who gave so much. We will never forget".

As Canadians marked the 100th anniversary of the ferocious battle fought at Vimy Ridge during World War One, B.C.'s premier on Sunday announced a $350,000 contribution for the creation of a park at the site in France. The World War I battle was a costly victory for Canada, but one that helped shape the former British colony's national identity.

It was neither decisive for the war's outcome "nor the most fundamental" of the battles fought by Canadians during the conflict, Boire said. Four military divisions from the nation attacked together for the first time as the Canadian Corps, and their bravery in breaking German defences earned them worldwide respect.

According to the Vimy Foundation, 3,598 Canadian soldiers were killed during the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

On April 9, 1917, the Canadians succeeded in taking Vimy Ridge.

But Vimy's real importance and power appears to be in the fact that many Canadians believe it is important, which is why they will watch and listen as the country looks back in time. The innovative fighting techniques used so effectively by our soldiers at Vimy Ridge would contribute to the final Allied victory a year and a half later.

Canadian troops prepared carefully, learning from the mistakes of previous attempts to reclaim the ridge. People of many languages and backgrounds, representing every region in Canada, fought for the values we hold so dear: freedom, democracy, and peace.

Men from all backgrounds and places, but all of them proudly wearing the "Canada" shoulder badge that separated them from the millions of other soldiers on the Western Front. E! News reports that the three will attend a party Monday night to pay tribute to members of the military, including Canadians who competed in Prince Harry's Invictus Games.

  • Leroy Wright