Andrew Leslie, Member of Parliament for Orléans, today joined the Canadian Delegation in Vimy, France to honour the legacy of Canadians who served during the First World War and fought in the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The commemorative ceremony was organized by Veterans Affairs Canada to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge—a defining moment in Canada’s history.
To mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War and the Battle of Vimy Ridge on April 9, 2017, commemorative events will be held at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France and the National War Memorial in Ottawa. The Government of Canada will lead a delegation to France to participate in the commemorative ceremony and other events including the opening of a new Visitor Education Centre.
2017 is a special year of commemoration for Canada as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation and we remember 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.
“Vimy Ridge holds a special place in the hearts of all Canadians, especially those who have served the Canadian Armed Forces. Both of my grandfathers fought at Vimy, as did two of my great uncles. I’ve previously had the privilege of commanding the Vimy National Guard and I am deeply honoured to return as part of this special milestone as part of the official Canadian Government delegation.”
– Hon. Andrew Leslie, Member of Parliament for Orléans
- Victory in the Battle of Vimy Ridge came at a great cost. Of the some 100,000 members of the Canadian Corps who served in the battle, approximately 3,600 lost their lives and over 7,000 were wounded.
- More than 650,000 Canadians would serve in uniform by the end of the First World War. The conflict took a huge toll, with more than 66,000 Canadians losing their lives and 170,000 being wounded.
- In honour of this significant anniversary, commemorative events are being planned on April 8 and 9 at the National War Memorial in Ottawa and at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France. The Government of Canada invites all Canadians from coast to coast to coast to participate in commemorative programming being held in all provinces/territories between April 6 and 9, 2017.
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