Vimy Week: commemorating the 95th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

Battle of Vimy Ridge celebrations to start on April 3rd in Ottawa

MONTREAL, March 29, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The Vimy Foundation of Canada is pleased to invite media representatives to a series of activities that will be taking place in Ottawa during Vimy Week, April 3 to April 9, to educate Canadians about their heritage and raising awareness on the role that Canada played in the First World War. Join the Vimy Foundation in their mission to promote Canada's legacy in the victory of Vimy Ridge in April 1917:

April 3: Encounters with Canada (EWC) Vimy: Canada's Coming of Age
The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, will welcome the Vimy Foundation EWC participants at the Canadian War Museum. EWC is an in-depth look at Canada's participation in the First World War where more than 125 youth, aged 14 to 17, will travel to Ottawa to learn more about the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

April 4: Second Annual Vimy Reception
The Vimy Foundation and the RBC Foundation are hosting the second edition of a reception at the French Embassy of Canada in honour of the 95th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, featuring guest speaker Dr. Dean Oliver, Director of Research and Exhibitions at the Canadian War Museum.

April 5: Youth-led commemoration ceremony
A commemorative ceremony will be led by EWC participants, with the assistance of Veterans Affairs Canada, at the National War Memorial to launch their overseas pilgrimage marking the 95th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. EWC youth will present remembrance reflections and doves will be released commemorating this significant moment in Canada's history as a nation.

April 8 to April 9: All-night vigil by Cadets
A wreath-laying and candle light procession will be taking place in partnership with EWC youth, The Army Cadet League of Canada, and schools in the National Capital Region, with the support of Veterans Affairs Canada. The ceremony will include a parade led by The Army Cadet League of Canada as well as a youth candle light procession to the National War Memorial.

April 9: Commemoration Event highlighting the 95th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge
The Vimy Foundation, in collaboration with EWC and VAC will pay tribute in honour and recognition of the 95th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge that helped shape Canada.

REMINDER:

Encounters with Canada (EWC) - April 3
   
WHO: The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs
Vimy Foundation Encounters with Canada participants
Bruce Burrows, Vimy Foundation Board Member
 
WHEN: April 3, 2012
10:00 a.m.
 
WHERE: Canadian War Museum
1 Vimy Place
Ottawa, Ontario  K1A 0M8
 
Second Annual Vimy Reception - April 4
   
WHO: Dean F. Oliver, Director, Research and Exhibitions, Canadian War Museum
Bruce Burrows, Event Chair and Vimy Foundation Board Member
 
WHEN: April 4, 2012
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
 
WHERE: Embassy of France
42 Sussex Drive, Ottawa
   
Youth-led commemoration ceremony - April 5
   
WHO: Veterans Affairs Canada representative
Vimy Foundation Encounters with Canada participants
Bruce Burrows, Vimy Foundation Board Member
   
WHEN: April 5, 2012
10:00 a.m. Opening remarks
10:10 a.m. Ceremony of Remembrance
10:19 a.m. EWC will present reflections
10:30 a.m. Laying of the wreaths
10:35 a.m. Doves will be released (weather permitting)
10:38 a.m. Conclusion of the ceremony
 
WHERE: National War Memorial
Confederation Square
Elgin Street at Wellington, Ottawa
 
All-night vigil by cadets - April 8 to April 9
   
WHO:


Encounters With Canada youth
The Army Cadet League of Canada
Schools in the National Capital Region
Veterans Affairs Canada
   
WHEN:
April 8 to April 9, 2012
7:00 p.m. - Youth-led ceremony begins
   
WHERE: National War Memorial
Confederation Square
Elgin Street at Wellington, Ottawa
 
95th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge - April 9
   
WHO:

Vimy Foundation EWC participants
Beaverbrook Vimy Prize Winners
Government officials
   
WHEN:
April 9, 2012, official Vimy Ridge Day
10:00 a.m.
   
WHERE:

National War Memorial
Confederation Square
Elgin Street at Wellington, Ottawa

For further information:

Nicholas Alexandris
The Vimy Foundation
Office: 514-904-1007
Mobile: 514-649-1800
nalexandris@vimyfoundation.ca

Melissa Wood
NATIONAL Public Relations
Office: 613-233-1699 ext. 6229
Mobile: 613-617-1699
mwood@national.ca