Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

April 09, 2009 11:00 ET

VAC: Canada Remembers the Battle of Vimy Ridge

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 9, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, issued the following statement today regarding the 92nd anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

"It was 92 years ago today, 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 its own place on the world stage.

However, the glory Canada won on that day was not without a price. By the fourth day, April 12, our Canadians controlled the entire ridge. But they suffered more than 10,000 casualties. Of those, 3,598 were lost forever.

Their sacrifice was not in vain. They defended with honour the values upon which our country was founded: freedom, democracy and the rule of law. The same values which Canada's men and women in uniform are currently defending 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, independent nation fought and triumphed over adversity.

Today, 92 years after that fateful Easter Monday, 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 in the Battle of Vimy Ridge, visit the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at www.vac-acc.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7468
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications
    613-996-4649