Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

April 09, 2011 09:00 ET

Canada Remembers the Battle of Vimy Ridge

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 9, 2011) - The Government of Canada issued the following statement today regarding the 94th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

It was 94 years ago, on Easter Monday of 1917, that the four divisions of the Canadian Corps, fighting side by side for the first time, captured Vimy Ridge.

The Canadian commanders devised an innovative battle plan, and it was executed to near-perfection. It was the day a young Canada marked out a place of its own.

The glory Canada won on that day was not without a price. By the fourth day of the battle, April 12, Canadians controlled the entire ridge. But 3,598 lives were lost forever and more than 7,000 soldiers were injured.

Their sacrifice was not made in vain. They defended with honour the values upon which our country was founded—freedom, democracy and the rule of law.

The same values for which Canada's military men and women are currently fighting to protect around the world.

Vimy Ridge will forever hold an important place in the history of Canada and in the hearts and minds of Canadians. Canada, as a young nation—independent—fought and triumphed over adversity.

Today on Vimy Ridge Day, we mark the heroic efforts of those who fought for freedom on Vimy Ridge. We pay tribute to our proud history and we honour those who continue to serve today.

For more information on Canada's contribution to the Battle of Vimy Ridge during the First World War, visit the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at veterans.gc.ca

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7468