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Post by Bruce72 on Fri 23 Sep 2016, 16:41

If anyone plans to attend the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge on April 9, 2017 in France, there is a website with need to know information, that will be updated accordingly.

http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/history/first-world-war/vimy-ridge/100-anniversary

I have visited the Vimy memorial three times and plan to attend next year. There is a requirement for security purposes, that you must contact the Federal Government and give notice of your intentions. Also, accommodation in Arras will soon be booked solid, so don't hesitate to contact hotel owners. One other option is to stay in Lille or Paris and rent a car or take the train to Arras on Apr 9th, keeping in mind you'll only be allowed to get so close to Vimy with a car.

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Post by pinger on Tue 27 Sep 2016, 17:22

Tx for that info Bruce.
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Re: 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

Post by Bruce72 on Tue 27 Sep 2016, 17:56

Here is the website for the French train system.

http://www.sncf.com/en/passengers

If staying in Paris, there is an 0830hrs train that takes approximately 2 hours to get to Arras and is about 30 euros.  Arras to the Vimy Memorial by taxi is another 15 minutes on a good day at approximately 40 euros, but security is going to be thick, and there may be buses at a staging point that shuttle people part of the way.

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Re: 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

Post by Teentitan on Wed 28 Sep 2016, 04:02

More help

Google WOW airlines before you book a flight to France. They are cheap but very comfortable.

There is a hotel,(B&B Hotels small room but comfy bed good washroom free wifi and tv), in Lievin which is about a 15 minute drive to the memorial. 55 euros for 2 a night, right now. Lievin is also about an 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours from Ypres.

Flanders Field museum and Menin gate are in town. Tyne Cot cemetery (largest commonwealth cemetery in the world), Essex Farm (John McRae first aid post), Passchendale museum, Brooding Soldier is all within 20 minutes of Ypres.

The locals are prepared for the anniversary so in Lievin there is most likely going to be shuttles. For Newfoundlanders Beaumont Hamel is an hour from Lievin.

If you are going to come get your name into the que like Bruce said and book online NOW. I used WOW airlines and Booking.com for my trip and have not been disappointed yet. The only negative thing is the cost of renting an automatic is high but standard is cheaper. One more thing use the GPS option for car rental. If the GPS does not accept the street name you can use the GPS co-ordinates to get to where you want to go.

I cannot emphasize enough to book now. In 2014 there was 3 travel companies that bought every room available within 100 kms of Vimy. So hopefully you can get your flights and rooms booked before they take them all.
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Re: 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

Post by Bruce72 on Wed 28 Sep 2016, 10:12

Great advice teen.

I booked my hotel in Lievin at hotelF1 Lens Lievin on Boulevard du Maréchal Leclerc, Lievin, 62800, France, phone:  +33891705273 from April 8th to April 10th for a total of 96 euros.  Lievin is only 21km from Arras so getting to the Vimy Memorial won't be a problem.  I've stayed in Arras in the past when visiting Vimy, but you gave me the idea to stay in Lievin and that gave me the idea that it leaves a room available in Arras, hopefully for an older veteran and or their family.


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Post by Teentitan on Wed 28 Sep 2016, 14:42

That's great Bruce. Lieven is so nice and there is quite a few English speaking people. I'm sorta envious Bruce you will see the new welcome centre. It's still under construction but our guide told us yesterday it will be done for he 100th.

Only disappointment I have had is the tunnel with the carved names in the wall is closed and still being researched. Really wanted to see the names and unit crests/badges
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Post by pinger on Wed 28 Sep 2016, 15:00

Great info! I gotta dodge April though. It all helps when I go later in June for other stuff though.
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Re: 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

Post by Bruce72 on Wed 28 Sep 2016, 15:34

Teen the first two times I visited Vimy in 2009 and 2011 the tunnel was also closed, but it was open on July 2nd 2013 the third time I visited the Vimy Memorial. I can't remember for certain, but the tunnel may have seasonal opening times. Not sure of when your last visit was, but the tunnel should be accessible.

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Post by Teentitan on Wed 28 Sep 2016, 15:47

Yesterday was my last visit. LOL The guide said they are researching all the names because it seems there is names on the walls that don't belong there. In other words some wannabe's carved their name into the wall....yeah douchebags!

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Post by Bruce72 on Wed 28 Sep 2016, 16:22

Oh no seriously. I wonder if some of the names could be of family or sweethearts of the soldiers who fought at Vimy.

And that's great you were just there!

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Post by Teentitan on Wed 28 Sep 2016, 16:47

Yeah did the route...Juno Beach, Dieppe, Flanders Field Museum, Menin Gate ceremony, Essex Farm, Passchendale Museum, Brooding Soldier, Vimy and tomorrow Beaumont Hamel.

I have to say the CWGC (Commonwealth War Graves Commission) do a fantastic job on keeping ALL cemeteries immaculate! Any cemetery with over 40 soldiers buried in it has the Downward Sword monument and is taken care of by CWGC. I had to of driven by at least 8 of these small cemeteries in the middle of nowhere in Belgium or France.

My wife found it totally amazing that at the Essex Farm there was school kids doing projects. A class from outside London at the Menin gate ceremony, two buses of kids at Vimy. French, English, Belgium kids will never forget and will always remember them.
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Re: 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

Post by Bruce72 on Wed 28 Sep 2016, 17:21

I've had to do things in small steps because of the cost of travelling in Europe.  But I've been to Dieppe and the Canadian cemetery, Vimy Ridge, Passchendale and Tyne Cot cemetery, Juno Beach, and  Neuville-St Vaast German World War I cemetery near Vimy and also Omaha Beach of the American Normandy landing sites.
Incidentally, the ex-marine who mans the gate at Omaha Beach (in 2013) was born in Saskatchewan and served in Vietnam. His father stormed Juno Beachhead and his grandfather fought at Vimy Ridge.  Talking to him blew my mind.

It's great children in Europe learn in depth about the wars Teen, should be the same in Canada. Teenagers in Holland look after Canadian war graves as part of learning the history.

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Post by Bruce72 on Fri 07 Oct 2016, 16:40

In the event that a member of CSAT wants to attend the anniversary in France next April, but has trouble finding accommodation, I booked a hotel room with 2 single beds 21km from Arras in Lievin. My room can accommodate myself and one other person, I'd be happy to share with another veteran. And the fee for the room is on me.

If interested, please let me know.

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Government of Canada to commemorate 100th anniversary: Battle of Vimy Ridge

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Government of Canada to commemorate 100th anniversary: Battle of Vimy Ridge

Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence announces Government of Canada plans to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the contributions of Canadians in the First World War.

OTTAWA, Nov. 17, 2016 /CNW/ - The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, today announced Government of Canada plans to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the First World War in France and Canada in April 2017. Official commemorative ceremonies will take place at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France, the National War Memorial in Ottawa and in major cities across Canada on April 9, 2017.

An official Government of Canada delegation will travel to France to attend ceremonies and events in Northern France in early April 2017. The delegation will include Veterans, youth, regimental representatives, the Department of National Defence, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and parliamentarians.

A number of events are being planned including the signature commemorative ceremony on April 9 at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France to pay tribute to those who died during the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the First World War. There are plans to have the April 9 ceremony broadcast so that all Canadians may join together in remembering the valiant sacrifices of Canadian soldiers at Vimy and throughout the First World War.

"A century later, we must ensure that the memory of the great sacrifices and achievements of our men and women in uniform during the First World War and the significant achievements at the Battle of Vimy Ridge live on. This is a time to honour the service and sacrifice of those who were there for our country, at home and abroad, when we needed them, and pay tribute by remembering and honouring them."

The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence

Veterans Affairs Canada will invest approximately $11 million in supplementary resources on behalf of the Government of Canada to commemorate three major World Wars anniversaries including the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid, and the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele.
Part of the broader Arras offensive, the Battle of Vimy Ridge began on the morning of April 9, 1917. The four-day battle was the first time all four divisions of the Canadian Corps fought together as one formation. The Canadian victory at Vimy Ridge is considered to be a defining moment for Canada.
The Canadian National Vimy Memorial commemorates all Canadians who fought in the First World War, and remembers by name 11,285 Canadian soldiers killed in France, whose final resting places were unknown.
As part of commemorative events marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, a new Visitor Education Centre, constructed with support from the Vimy Foundation, will open in April 2017 at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France.
Events commemorating the centennial of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the opening of the new Visitor Education Centre coincide with Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation celebrations in 2017—a pivotal milestone for Canada to connect with our past, celebrate who we are, honour our exceptional achievements and build a legacy for tomorrow.

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/business/cnw/release.html?rkey=20161117C5222&filter=5599

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Re: 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

Post by Bruce72 on Thu 17 Nov 2016, 16:43

I've already booked my hotel and flight for France to attend the ceremony.

I've notified the GoC that I will be attending.

Again, if anyone who wishes to attend the ceremony on April 9th needs a place to stay my hotel room in Lievin (21km from Arras) has two beds and I'll cover the cost.

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