Young Rusagonis resident's letter prompts invitation to NB Gov't Vimy ceremony



    FREDERICTON, April 2 /CNW Telbec/ - Michael Carr, 13, of Rusagonis, will
join the official Government ceremony in New Brunswick's Legislative Assembly
on Wednesday, April 4th at 11:45 a.m. to mark the 90th anniversary of the
Battle of Vimy Ridge.
    Michael will attend as a representative of The War Amps Child Amputee
(CHAMP) Program. He was enrolled in CHAMP after he was born missing his right
leg and part of his left arm. Michael is also a member of The War Amps
Operation Legacy. 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. Operation Legacy asks Canada's
youth to promote the veterans' remembrance message.
    The Government of New Brunswick extended the invitation for Michael to
attend the ceremony after reading his letter to the editor about Vimy in The
Daily Gleaner, March 29th. It underlined the importance of this
90th anniversary and the re-release of The War Amps Military Heritage
documentary, A Vimy Veteran Remembers. This documentary is available to the
public at a cost-recovery price of $11 by using E-ZEE ACCESS: call
1 800 250-3030, fax 1 800 219-8988 or visit www.waramps.ca.
    The text of his letter follows:

    "Vimy Ridge is an important date in our military heritage"
    The Daily Gleaner, March 29, 2007

    I am a member of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program.

    The upcoming 90th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge is the perfect
    time to learn more about our Canadian military heritage.

    April 9, 1917 is a date that all Canadians should be aware of.

    Vimy Ridge was the anchor for the German Hindenburg Line on the Western
    Front. The British and the French could not capture Vimy Ridge because it
    was heavily defended. After two months of intense training and four days
    of fighting, Canadian soldiers, who fought for the first time as an
    independent force, captured Vimy Ridge.

    Many historians say that this is the day that Canada truly became a
    nation.

    In 1936, the Vimy Memorial was unveiled by King Edward VIII. On the Vimy
    monument are the names of Canadians killed in the war who have no known
    graves.

    In 2004, the Canadian Government began an extensive renovation project to
    restore the Vimy Memorial, which will be unveiled and rededicated on this
    90th anniversary.

    In honour of this anniversary, The War Amps has re-released two award
    winning productions from its Military Heritage Documentary Series, now
    available on DVD.

    A Vimy Veteran Remembers features interviews with the late War Amps
    member Perce Lemmon, who fought at Vimy. He joins War Amps CEO Cliff
    Chadderton to describe what life was like as a young soldier fighting in
    the trenches.

    No Man's Land tells the story of Canadian artist Mary Riter Hamilton.

    Commissioned by The War Amps, she spent three years in the battlefields
    of Europe after the First World War Armistice - painting scenes of
    destruction left behind by the war. She had a consuming passion to pay
    tribute to the Canadian soldiers who fought and died in the "war to end
    all wars."

    Many of the battles that led to the Canadian success at Vimy are
    highlighted.

    The War Amps is also commemorating the 90th anniversary of the Battle of
    Vimy by releasing a new addition to their award-winning Military Heritage
    Vignette Series, titled Vimy Ridge.

    For more information, visit www.waramps.ca or call 1 800 250-3030.

    Mike Carr
    Operation Legacy Member
    Rusagonis, NB




For further information:

For further information: or to interview Michael Carr, please contact:
Communications, 1-877-60MEDIA, communications@waramps.ca


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