Ontario To Commemorate 90th Anniversary Of Vimy Ridge Victory



    Premier McGuinty Invites Ontarians To Special Ceremony At Veterans'
    Memorial

    QUEEN'S PARK, March 28 /CNW/ - Premier Dalton McGuinty announced today
that a special Ceremony of Remembrance marking the 90th anniversary of the
Battle of Vimy Ridge will take place on Monday, April 9, 2007 at the Veterans'
Memorial on the front lawn of Queen's Park in Toronto.
    "We owe a great debt of gratitude to the thousands of Canadians who
risked or gave their lives in the Battle of Vimy Ridge," said Premier
McGuinty. "It is our solemn duty as citizens to remember their sacrifice,
honour their selfless courage and preserve the peace they earned for us - on
this anniversary and always."
    The Ceremony of Remembrance will begin at 9:45 a.m. The traditional
service will include two minutes of silence and the sounding of the last post.
    The Honourable James K. Bartleman, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario,
Premier McGuinty and Brigadier-General Guy Thibault will speak at the
ceremony.
    Major-General Richard Rohmer, co-Chair of the Veterans' Memorial
Committee and former Chief of Reserves said, "The Battle of Vimy Ridge was
fought by brave reservists from farms, cities, towns and villages from all
across Canada. Their sacrifice and victory will be remembered on April 9 not
only at Ontario's Veterans' Memorial, but also at the magnificent, newly
restored Canadian monument at Vimy Ridge."
    Capturing Vimy Ridge is considered one of Canada's greatest triumphs
during the First World War, contributing to an Allied victory and peace in
Western Europe. It was also a pivotal battle that helped define Canada as a
nation.
    Nearly 3,600 Canadian soldiers gave their lives and over 7,000 were
wounded in four days of fighting. Today, a national memorial stands atop the
ridge as a permanent tribute to all Canadians who served in battle in France.
    Ontario's new Veterans' Memorial consists of a 30-metre-long granite
wall, etched with scenes from Canada's military history. It is dedicated to
every brave man and woman who served with courage in times of war and in
peace.
    For directions to the memorial or for more information on the ceremony,
Ontarians can visit ontario.ca/veterans.

    
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