Flags at schools and administrative buildings will be lowered to half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Friday, April 9, 2010 to commemorate Vimy Ridge Day.
According to Veterans Affairs Canada, in 2003, the Government of Canada declared April 9 as Vimy Ridge Day, to honour and remember the battle that took place at Vimy Ridge, France, in 1917, during the First World War.
On April 9, 1917, Canadian soldiers did what other allied forces had so far failed to do—they took Vimy Ridge. At Vimy, regiments from coast to coast saw action together in a distinctly Canadian triumph, helping create a new and stronger sense of Canadian identity. After Vimy, Canadian corps never looked back, and its success raised our international stature and earned us a separate signature on the Treaty of Versailles that ended the war.
Today, on land granted to Canada for all time by a grateful France, the Vimy Memorial rises above the now-quiet countryside. It stands as a tribute to all who served their country in battle and paid such a price to help ensure the peace and freedom we enjoy today.
For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354.