Canada’s Prime Minister –  On the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

“Many of the soldiers wearing the Canadian uniform that day were immigrants to this country. People of many languages and backgrounds, representing every region in Canada.”

From the Office of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Posted April 9th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

This April 9th, Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau issued the following statement for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge:

Canadians in the First World War trenches of Vimy Ridge – more than 10,000 were wiped out and wounded in the battle fought 100 years ago this April 2017

“One hundred years ago, on a gentle slope in France, the four divisions of the Canadian Corps fought for the first time as one. They were ordinary – yet extraordinary – men, from all corners of the country: Francophone, Anglophone, new Canadians, Indigenous Peoples.

“On Easter Monday, April 1917, battling through snow, sleet, and constant machine gun fire, they broke through an impregnable fortress and achieved a historic victory. They succeeded where other armies had failed – but at a great cost. Nearly 3,600 Canadians lost their lives. Over 7,000 more were wounded. The Battle of Vimy Ridge remains one of the bloodiest battles in Canada’s history.

“Despite these losses, Canadian bravery and ingenuity won the day and led to one of the most decisive victories in the First World War. 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.

“Many of the soldiers wearing the Canadian uniform that day were immigrants to this country. People of many languages and backgrounds, representing every region in Canada, fought for the values we hold so dear: freedom, democracy, and peace. In the words of one veteran: ‘We went up Vimy Ridge as Albertans and Nova Scotians. We came down as Canadians.’

“Today, as we gather to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, we remember the thousands of Canadians who gave their lives far from Canada’s shores. We pay tribute to the 100th anniversary of a pivotal battle that has left an indelible mark on our history. And we thank every Canadian who has answered the call to serve for their selflessness and sacrifice.

Grave markers for Canadians at Vimy Ridge

 “Lest we forget.” – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

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One response to “Canada’s Prime Minister –  On the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

  1. Linda McKellar

    I quickly glanced at both Life and Time magazines’ special editions commemorating WW1. There was ONE photo of a wounded Canadian soldier – ONE! Otherwise, no mention. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. Sad.

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