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We were welcomed by what I can only describe as peacefulness; only the sounds of rustling leaves and swaying trees could be heard even though the grounds were full of people. It was the polar opposite, I imagined, of what was going on in that same spot in April 1917, during the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
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Vimy Ridge was a defining moment in Canadian history.
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On April 9, 1917, 100,000 Canadian soldiers fought at Vimy and 3,598 of those died -- the most Canadian deaths recorded in the war. A century later, it appears many have forgotten their sacrifice. Worse still, many like me (until recently) don't even know they have a link to the battle.
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Trudeau said he will be joined by Gov. Gen. David Johnston and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan.
It's been 98 years since Canada's soldiers emerged victorious at Vimy Ridge and in the process helped forge Canada's place in the world. And to mark the occasion, The Vimy Foundation has a novel idea...
Canada's achievements and sacrifices at Vimy Ridge 96 years ago have become a very meaningful touchstone for Canadians. The Vimy legacy has helped to build a bridge to a well-deserved national sense of pride and achievement. Let's all consider our unique history and Canada's place as a civil and open society.
You could learn a lot about Canada's national psyche from the country's enduring fascination with the battle of Vimy Ridge, fought 95 years ago this past week.
Thousands of Canadian students joined the Governor General and the minister of veterans affairs in France today to mark the 95th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. "I think the reason why I sta...