2:30 a.m., April 11)
Galipeau marks 95th anniversary of Vimy Ridge with local
By Fred Sherwin
MP Royal Galipeau marked the 95th anniversary of the Batlle
of Vimy Ridge on Monday with more than 100 Army Cadets
from across Ottawa.
Cadets took turns standing vigil over the National War
6 p.m. on Sunday until the wreath laying ceremony at 10
a.m. on Monday.
Arleen Miller explained that the Cadets had been learning
about the battle during the week leading up to the vigil.
very proud to be here," said Miller. "It's an
opportunity of a lifetime for many of them, you know,
it is a national ceremony so to be part of that is huge
Cadets kicked off the vigil with a candlelight ceremony
attended by Galipeau.
week we remember an incredible generation of Canadians
who, 95 years ago, captured Vimy Ridge and helped define
Canada as a nation," said Galipeau. "We also
remember all those who served in the First World War,
including the more than 66,000 Canadians who made the
ultimate sacrifice in securing our peace, freedom and
Babcock was the last remaining survivor of the First World
War. He passed away in February, 2010 at the age of 109.
Battle of Vimy Ridge commenced on Easter Monday, April
9,1917, and lasted four days. Allied troops tried to take
the ridge several times before the Canadian Corps was
called upon to make one last attempt.
by a creeping barrage, four divisions of Canadian soldiers
charged up the ridge early Monday morning. By the end
of the first day they had captured most of the ridge.
On the second day they captured the French town of Thelus
along with the crest of the ridge.
the end of the fourth day they captured a fortified knoll
outside the town of Givenchy-en-Gohelle, forcing the Germans
to withdraw from the battle.
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