Sunday, April 09, 2017

Vimy Ridge Day 2017- Sunday, April 9, 2017

Vimy Memorial
The Battle of Vimy Ridge, 1918. Source: Library and Archives Canada/Credit: Richard Jack/C-000148
The Canadian National Vimy Memorial is one of Canada's most important overseas war memorials. It was constructed as the national memorial for those Canadians who gave their lives in the First World War. It's located in France, on the site of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The memorial stands atop Hill 145, near the towns of Vimy and Givenchy-en-Gohelle. France deemed the area surrounding the monument, about 1 km², to be Canadian territory in 1922, as an expression of gratitude to the Canadian people for their sacrifice during the war and for capturing Vimy Ridge in April 1917.

Vimy Ridge Day is an annual observance on April 9 to remember Canadians who victoriously fought in the battle of Vimy Ridge in northern France during World War I. The day is also known as the National Day of Remembrance of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

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