On April 9, 2017, Canadians will mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge—a milestone anniversary for our country—at various commemorative ceremonies across Canada and in France. These events will serve to honour the sacrifices made during the First World War and at Vimy Ridge.
Veterans Affairs Canada is committed to honouring the achievements and sacrifices of those who serve Canada. By leading and supporting commemorative events in Canada and overseas helps keep the memory alive of Canada’s Veterans and our fallen for future generations.
Today, the Canadian National Vimy Memorial stands not only as a reminder of a significant battle, but also as a tribute to all Canadians who served during the First World War, especially those who gave their lives. It reminds us of the values that Canadians were willing to fight for and the importance of the First World War in shaping the country we enjoy today.
This is a special year of commemoration for Canada, not only because of the 150th anniversary of Confederation, but because it is an opportunity to invite France and Belgium to join us as 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.
For questions about Vimy 100 ceremonies in France or Canada, visit Frequently Asked Questions page, website http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/history/first-world-war/vimy-ridge/100-anniversary or send an email to VAC.Vimy2017.ACC@vac-acc.gc.ca.