Statement from the Minister of National Defence on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge
April 9, 2017 – Vimy, France – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan today issued the following statement:
“Today we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and those who fought for our country during the First World War.
“These brave individuals risked all and made tremendous sacrifices in the hopes of ensuring a brighter future for Canada. The war saw close to 61 000 Canadians killed and another 172 000 wounded.
“The Battle of Vimy Ridge was a pivotal moment for Canada’s military. It was the first time that all four Divisions of the Canadian Corps fought side-by-side, securing a significant victory in extremely difficult conditions. The ingenuity and fighting skills demonstrated at Vimy Ridge marked Canada’s coming of age, and we are proud to highlight our achievements.
“A century later, ceremonies across Canada and in France will commemorate the battle and reinforce our commitment as Canadians to never forget our fallen. Today, as we honour their sacrifices, we are reminded that our Canadian Armed Forces continue to carry on a legacy of dedication both at home and abroad.
“As we mark this day of military triumph and great sacrifice, I encourage everyone to honour our fallen, whether by attending a ceremony, observing a moment of silence, or educating children on the importance of this day in our nation’s history.”
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