Battle of Vimy Ridge celebrations to start on April 3rd
MONTREAL, March 15, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Minister of Veterans Affairs Steven Blaney yesterday received a Vimy Pin from two Vimy Foundation alumni in preparation for the 95th Anniversary of Vimy Ridge Day, which will be commemorated on April 9th. Canadians will be invited to participate in a variety of Vimy Week activities (April 1st to April 9th) and to learn more about their Canadian heritage.
"Canada's contribution, sacrifice and determination in World War I, as best represented by the Battle of Vimy Ridge, were pivotal in shaping the course of our nation," said David Houghton, President of the Vimy Foundation. "The Vimy Foundation believes that the key to a successful future lies in knowing one's past, and this unique pin helps us to share the remarkable story of Vimy with younger generations."
The Vimy Foundation, with the gracious help of Shaw Communications who made this year's pin campaign possible, will celebrate the 95th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy with various awareness activities, including fundraising, educational and commemoration events. More information will be unveiled in the coming weeks.
About the Vimy Foundation
The Vimy Foundation is a registered charity founded in 2006. The mission of The Vimy Foundation is to preserve and promote Canada's First World War legacy as symbolized with the victory at Vimy Ridge in April 1917, a milestone where Canada came of age and was then recognized on the world stage.
Inspired by those events, the Foundation created the Beaverbrook Vimy Prize, bringing together youth from Canada, the United Kingdom and France so that they can better appreciate their intertwined history and the lessons that can be learned from it. The Foundation also sponsors Vimy: Canada's Coming of Age, a unique educational experience for youth at Encounters with Canada in Ottawa every April. To learn more, visit www.vimyfoundation.ca.
Image with caption: "Minister of Veterans Affairs Steven Blaney, Vimy Foundation Alumni Ian Harrison, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Vimy Foundation Alumni Jessica Metuzals (CNW Group/Vimy Foundation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120315_C4405_PHOTO_EN_11167.jpg
For further information:
The Vimy Foundation
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