Canada to deliver an awe-inspiring evening of remembrance at the National War Memorial (April 8, 2017)

Media Advisory

Ottawa Sherry Romanado, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, a Government of Canada delegation and the Canadian public will attend the Vimy 100 evening events at the National War Memorial in Ottawa.

Veterans Affairs Canada has organized a series of events this weekend in the nation’s capital to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and to honour those who served in the First World War.

The evening program on April 8 will include a candlelight tribute and an overnight vigil led by the Royal Canadian Army Cadets. The Cadets will remain on guard until the following morning at sunrise, in honour of those who waited in the tunnels and trenches on the night before the historic battle at Vimy Ridge. The evening event will also feature performances by Mr. Theland Kicknosway; Mr. Oliver Pigott and Mr. Christopher MacFarlane (music by Mr. Michael J. Moore); Ottawa Regional Youth Choir; and an illumination depicting Vimy imagery designed by Mr. Martin Conboy, MCLD.

National War Memorial
30 Wellington St.
Ottawa, ON 

Saturday, April 8, 2017 

Events start at 7:30 p.m. 

Notes for media:·        

  • Open coverage for the ceremony
  • Open coverage for photo opportunity of the vigil led by the Royal Canadian Army Cadets until 6:45 a.m., April 9th
  • The general public will be allowed on site
  • Media interested in interviewing members of the Government of Canada delegation, can contact Veterans Affairs Canada Media Relations in advance at 613-992-7468 or by e-mail at

For more information on Vimy 100 events in Canada, please visit

2017 is a special year of commemoration for Canada as we remember the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid and the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele and we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

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Media inquiries:

Media Relations
Veterans Affairs Canada

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