Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

April 08, 2009 11:52 ET

Media Advisory: Ceremony to Remember the Battle of Vimy Ridge

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 8, 2009) - Pierre Poilievre, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, representing the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, will join His Excellency Francois Marie Delattre, Ambassador of France, in laying wreaths at a ceremony to commemorate the 92nd anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Veterans of the Second World War, Korean War and Canadian Forces members will be in attendance.

Where: National War Memorial
Confederation Square
Ottawa, ON

When: Thursday, April 9, 2009

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Interviews and photo opportunities can be arranged on-site with Veterans Affairs Canada officials and Veterans.

On April 9, 1917, Canadians captured Vimy Ridge, considered to be the most heavily defended point on the Western Front. Canada suffered more than 10,000 casualties during the battle. In all, more than 650,000 Canadians served during the First World War.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications