Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

April 05, 2012 11:47 ET

Member of Parliament Royal Galipeau Marks 95th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 5, 2012) - On behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Orléans, joined 120 students with Encounters with Canada at a special ceremony held at the National War Memorial to mark the 95th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The youth participants, representing every province and territory, are in Ottawa for a week-long awareness session on the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the First World War.

"It is heartening to see young Canadians so passionate about, and engaged in, the act of commemorating those who defended our values of peace, freedom and democracy in the First World War," said Minister Blaney. "Because this group of young Canadians is engaged in remembrance, the contributions and sacrifices of our Veterans will be recognized and appreciated for generations to come."

"Today, we remember the more than 650,000 brave Canadians who served during the First World War and the more than 66,000 who lost their lives," said MP Galipeau. "Your Government is committed to honouring the important sacrifices and contributions of those who served Canada 95 years ago."

Over the last 30 years, the Encounters with Canada program has helped more than 89,000 young Canadians learn about themselves and their country, through a week of citizenship and leadership activities. During the commemorative ceremony, the students presented their original reflections on the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The significance of the occasion was also marked by the release of 95 doves.

It was 95 years ago on Easter Monday, in 1917, that the four divisions of the Canadian Corps, fighting side-by-side for the first time, captured Vimy Ridge. By the fourth day, April 12, Canadians controlled the entire ridge. The victory at Vimy was not without a price. There were more than 10,600 casualties. Of those, approximately 3,600 gave their lives.

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

Contact Information

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    Media Relations Advisor
    Veterans Affairs Canada
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    Codie Taylor
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
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