The Battle of Vimy Ridge was a defining moment for the Canadian Military in the First World War. One hundred years after the battle and Canada's coming of age as a Nation on the World stage the ideals fought for in the battle still live on in Canada today.
On the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge Canadians get to live a lifestyle of peace and tranquility because of the sacrifices of our ancestors. The Vimy Ridge memorial in Vimy, Pas-de-Calais, France doesn't depict soldiers, guns, or warfare. It instead encompasses 20 stone structures that are symbols for ideals that Canadian Forces fought and died to protect. Ideals such as faith, justice, peace, honour, charity, truth, knowledge, and hope.
Without the sacrifices of the Forces in the past, Canadians wouldn't know the peace and tranquility within the Nation today. It's these ideals that Canadian Forces serve for today, and spread throughout the world. Battles such as Vimy Ridge has shaped the Canadian Military into a unique world power today, one that uses it's might to shape the world for the better. This April 9th, one hundred years after the battle of Vimy Ridge, we owe and honour our past Forces members for their sacrifice to give us and the world the freedoms we enjoy today.
Vimy Canadian Forces statistics;
There were 10602 Canadian Forces casualties, 3598 killed and 7004 wounded.Four members of the Candian Corps received Victoria Crosses, the highest military designation awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. They were;
- Private William Milne of the 16th Battalion.
- Lance-Sergeant Ellis Sifton of the 18th Battalion.
- Private John Pattison of the 50th Battalion (April 10).
- Captain Thain MacDowell of the 38th Battalion.
Of the four Victorian Cross recipients, only Captain Thain MacDowell survived the war.
Lest we Forget.