100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

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Post by bruce72 on Sun 09 Apr 2017, 16:24

Sorry for the sideways pictures. I don't know how to fix it.

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Government of Canada delegation travels to Ottawa for unforgettable experience

Post by Trooper on Tue 11 Apr 2017, 17:18

Government of Canada delegation travels to Ottawa for unforgettable experience



Delegates mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the First World War at Vimy 100 events and ceremonies

OTTAWA, April 11, 2017 /CNW/ - Last week, 30 delegates traveled to Ottawa to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the First World War. The delegates were nominated by Veteran organizations across Canada based on their personal connection to Vimy Ridge. The group participated in a number of commemorative events and activities in the nation's capital to mark the significance of the battle in Canada's military history.

During their stay in Ottawa, the delegates toured Rideau Hall and enjoyed a reception with His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada. The delegation also explored the Peace Tower and the Memorial Chamber at Parliament Hill, attended an Indigenous ceremony at the Aboriginal Monument, and shared their stories with the Encounters with Canada youth delegates. The delegation also attended special events at the National War Memorial this weekend, including the evening of remembrance on April 8 and the commemorative ceremony on April 9.

The delegation was also invited to attend a Citizenship Ceremony on April 7 at the Canadian War Museum. On this day, they witnessed 30 people from 18 countries become Canadian citizens after taking the Oath of Citizenship in the Barney Danson Theatre.

"It's been a once in a lifetime experience to be here as the Silver Cross Mother representing all those who have lost a son or daughter in the military. The ceremonies in Ottawa were wonderful. They were emotional, real, and they really gave me a greater understanding of how important this battle was in Canada's history. There have been many real connections made here this week. You almost feel like close friends and family."
Colleen Fitzpatrick, 2016 National Memorial (Silver) Cross Mother

"I thought the week was very informative. The people were very friendly and it was emotional hearing their different stories and experiences. It brings back many memories. I was especially impressed with the visit to Parliament Hill and the Vimy Exhibit at the Canadian War Museum."
Donald Gillespie, Government of Canada delegate in Ottawa

  • As there are no longer any First World War Veterans alive, Veterans Affairs Canada invited Veteran organizations across Canada to nominate a representative who has a personal connection to the Battle of Vimy Ridge or the First World War.

  • Veterans Affairs Canada asked Encounters with Canada to nominate 26 youth to join the Government of Canada delegation at events on April 8 and 9 in Ottawa. These youth, aged 14-17, have a keen interest in our country's military history and participated in the Encounters with Canada's "Vimy: Canada's Coming of Age" theme week.

  • An official Government of Canada delegation traveled to France to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The delegation included Veterans from Veterans' and Indigenous organizations guests who have direct family ties to soldiers who fought in the First World War; and parliamentarians.


http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/government-of-canada-delegation-travels-to-ottawa-for-unforgettable-experience-619163464.html
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Re: 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

Post by pinger on Sun 16 Apr 2017, 13:18

The NEW visitors center is really nice, better than I assumed. Went there with bruce on the first day it opened.
Here are a few pics...from one week ago.









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Post by bruce72 on Sun 16 Apr 2017, 13:58

It was a pleasure to meet you pinger. Beers again on our next visit!

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Post by Trooper on Sun 16 Apr 2017, 14:36

Thanks for the pictures guys.
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Remembrance of Vimy

Post by Trooper on Sat 22 Apr 2017, 09:21

Remembrance of Vimy


St. Albert and Sturgeon residents are on the ground at the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

Saturday, Apr 22, 2017


BOOTS ON THE GROUND – Roughly 3,600 pairs of black boots were arranged around and on the Vimy memorial to represent the thousands of Canadians who died in the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The final two pairs were placed by Prince William and Prince Harry.

It's the boots that he will remember most, said Simon Pagé.

It's April 9, 2017. Pagé, a teacher at Sir George Simpson, is at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France as part of the official Canadian delegation for the hundred-year anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

A century ago, this place was a maelstrom of wet snow and exploding shells as nearly 100,000 Canadian troops surged from the trenches to attack German forces on the ridge, running headlong through machine gun fire and a sea of mud and corpses.

Today, the land is a verdant moonscape of grassy craters. The sun is high and scorching, and the Vimy memorial stands tall.

Around and on it are some 3,598 pairs of used black boots, many of which have red poppies on them – one pair for each Canadian soldier who died at Vimy, Pagé said. Canadian students under his supervision spent about three hours placing about 800 of them in four straight lines – one for each division in the battle – leading up to the monument. Prince William and Prince Harry of Britain placed the final pairs on the monument itself.

“The kids really understood their role,” Pagé said of the students, and treated it with great respect.
“They had the lives of a soldier in their hands.”

Duties of delegates

Some 25,000 people attended the April 9 ceremony at the Vimy memorial, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and François Hollande, the president of France.

Some 10,000 of the attendees were students, 34 of whom were from Sturgeon Composite.

Grade 11 student Amanda Porter said it was her first visit to the memorial.

“I'm really interested in Canadian history. I find it quite fascinating how much the Battle of Vimy Ridge developed Canada as a nation.”

Sturgeon Composite teacher Mike Johnson was there as a bagpipe player with the RCMP Regimental Pipes and Drums. He and his group played at the monument in the days before and after the ceremony and marched during it.

Pagé was one of the two teacher chaperones for the 26 high school and university students picked from across Canada to represent the nation's youth in the April 9 ceremony.

Pagé said he and his delegation travelled with Canadian veterans to many cemeteries and sites around Vimy, France, to learn more about First World War history. The students had to research and report on a First World War Canadian soldier while there. Some of them recited the official pledge of remembrance for a film crew that aired their remarks during the April 9 event.

The students were excellent public speakers and great ambassadors for their nation, Pagé said. The veterans found them very easy to chat with, and many “adopted” kids from their home provinces.

Pagé was also busy, placing 30-odd small wooden crosses decorated by Simpson students at various war graves. He also delivered a flag from the people of Vimy, Alberta to a delegate from Vimy, France.

The big day

Johnson said he first got to the Vimy site near sunrise on April 5.

“You can see why it (the ridge) was a strongpoint for the Germans,” he said, as it has great sight-lines and is visible from miles away.

Every home they passed on the drive up was festooned with Canadian flags and had residents outside cheering them on, he said.
“That was really kind of touching.”

Seeing the monument take up your entire field of view was a surreal experience, said Sturgeon Composite student Spencer Theroux.
“It goes to show how important people think it is and how important it really was.”

Theroux said he and his classmates got to explore some of the trenches that had been restored around the monument. Despite being widened for tourists, they were still very cramped.

“You can understand how claustrophobic it would have been for those people tunnelling down there.”

The tunnels would have been constantly wet, too, as the porous soil let the rain right through. Theroux said he couldn't imagine living in that darkness.

“It's absolutely insane.”

Whereas the memorial site was grey, windy and cold on April 5, it was bright, still and a scorching 25 C on April 9, Johnson said – and he was in nine yards of wool kilt.

“It was ridiculously hot,” he said, and the medical tents were full of people with heatstroke.

It was often hard to move around on April 9 between the thousands of people and the security measures, Johnson said.

The ceremony featured speeches, interpretive dancers, First Nations singing and drumming, a fly-past of five First World War fighter planes and dramatizations of the lives of soldiers at Vimy. Porter said the latter helped personalize the battle, which we often talk of in terms of statistics.

Announcers also recited the names of the 3,598 Canadians who died at Vimy – a list that never seemed to end, Theroux said.
“You get a real (sense of the) scale of how many people died there.”

Theroux and Porter said they hoped to continue to honour those who fell at Vimy and to carry on their lessons of the importance of peace and co-operation.

Pagé said he had faith that the memory of Vimy Ridge would live on. The students he worked with all took pledges to get involved with Remembrance Day activities, talk with veterans and pass on their experiences at Vimy. He himself planned to speak to Simpson and Paul Kane students about his trip soon.

“It's now up to the youth to carry the torch.”

http://www.stalbertgazette.com/article/Remembrance-of-Vimy-20170422

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