War Amps Operation Legacy proud to commemorate Canada's nationhood at Vimy



    OTTAWA, April 5 /CNW Telbec/ - As she departs for France today to take
part in the official ceremonies to mark the 90th anniversary of the Battle of
Vimy Ridge, Adele Fifield, President of The War Amps Operation Legacy, notes
that her group is pleased to endorse the various reasons Canada became a
nation.
    "Our Operation Legacy members are looking forward to this anniversary and
anxious to see how Vimy was a turning point in shaping Canada as a nation,"
said Fifield, a native of Trinity East, Newfoundland, and Graduate of The War
Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program, which she joined at the age of 13 after
losing her leg to cancer.
    Also attending will be Operation Legacy Vice President and fellow CHAMP
Graduate Rob Larman of Etobicoke, Ontario, a leg amputee due to a train
accident.
    Consisting of some 200 older members and Graduates of CHAMP, Operation
Legacy passes on the 'NEVER AGAIN!' message of the horrors of war from war
amputees to the younger generation and asks Canada's youth to promote the
veterans' remembrance message.
    In noting the reasons why this battle is considered the birth of Canada's
nationhood, Fifield cited excerpts from a recent article by War Amps CEO Cliff
Chadderton as follows:

    Memorable Quotes

    "In those few minutes I witnessed the birth of a nation."  - Brigadier
    General A.E. Ross

    "A defining moment for Canada, when the country emerged from the shadow
    of Britain and felt capable of greatness." - Tim Cook, writing for the
    Canadian War Museum

    "On July 26, 1936, tens of thousands joined the pilgrimage to Vimy Ridge
    to see King Edward VIII unveil the 'Spirit of Canada.' It was stated: 'It
    is a memorial to no man, but a memorial to a nation.'" - VAC Canada
    Remembers Web site

    "Canada's military achievements during the war raised our international
    stature and helped earn us a separate signature on the Treaty of
    Versailles that ended the war." - VAC Canada Remembers Web site

    "The fight to take Vimy Ridge cost Canada dearly, but it would become the
    cornerstone of the nation's image of its place in the world." - Gary
    Graves, CBC News

    "As far as I could see, south, north, along the miles of the Ridge, there
    were the Canadians. And I experienced my first full sense of
    nationhood." - Lieutenant Gregory Clark, MC, Weekend Magazine (Toronto),
    November 13, 1967.




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For further information: To interview Adele Fifield, please call (613)
866-4809 or (416) 728-5899. For more information, please contact
Communications at 1-877-60MEDIA, communications@waramps.ca


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