Tribute paid to Canadians who fought during the First World War
OTTAWA, April 9, 2014 /CNW/ - On the occasion of the 97th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, Canadians gathered today at LeBreton Flats, in front of the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, to commemorate the Canadian soldiers who fought so valiantly at Vimy Ridge during the First World War.
The ceremony included the laying of wreaths by officials including Mr. Parm Gill, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs. Minister Fantino attended a ceremony in Vimy, France, to commemorate Canadian soldiers who fought and died during the First World War.
- The capture of Vimy Ridge is an important milestone for Canada. On that wind-swept ridge in northern France in April 1917, Canadian soldiers earned one of the most impressive victories of the First World War. That victory did not come without cost: approximately 3,600 Canadians were killed and more than 7,000 were wounded.
- Four Canadians earned the Victoria Cross, Canada's highest medal for military valour, for actions during the battle: Private William Milne, Lance-Sergeant Ellis Sifton, Captain Thain MacDowell and Private John Pattison.
"Canadians take pride in those who fought at Vimy Ridge, while solemnly mourning the loss of so many lives. Commemorating Vimy Ridge reminds us of the tremendous sacrifices Canadian soldiers face in the name of peace, security and freedom."
Parm Gill, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs
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SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of Veterans of Affairs
Veterans Affairs Canada