Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

April 05, 2009 15:20 ET

Winnipeg Marks the 92nd Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - April 5, 2009) - Rod Bruinooge, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South, representing the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, joined family members of First World War Veterans who fought at Vimy Ridge, and representatives of local Veterans' and youth organizations to take part in a ceremony of remembrance at Vimy Ridge Memorial Park today to mark the 92nd anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

"Today we honour the legacy of the more than 650,000 brave Canadians who served in the First World War and all those who have served our country and helped shape our nation today," said Mr. Bruinooge. "Canadians captured Vimy Ridge 92 years ago in a struggle for peace, freedom and democracy-values that our service men and women uphold today."

The Battle of Vimy Ridge is deemed to be one of the defining moments in the development of Canada as an independent nation. It was largely due to the hard-won victory at Vimy Ridge that Canada was awarded a separate signature on the Treaty of Versailles-the treaty that ended the First World War.

The annual Vimy commemorative ceremony takes place on the nearest Sunday to April 9, the actual anniversary date of the battle. "This Winnipeg ceremony was started 20 years ago by Veteran John Reilly and continues today through the assistance of Veterans Affairs Canada, The Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 1 and the Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping, Lieutenant-General RR Crabbe Chapter," said Veteran Murdoch Jardine, event organizer and President of the Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping, Lieutenant-General RR Crabbe Chapter.

The Government of Canada is committed to celebrating and remembering the sacrifices and achievements of all Canadians who served in times of war, armed conflict, and peace. For more information on this significant battle in Canada's military history, visit www.vac-acc.gc.ca or call toll free 1-877-604-8489.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Pamela Shaw
    Senior Program Officer
    Canada Remembers
    204-984-6295
    204-880-4767