100 Years Later: Honouring the Battle of Vimy Ridge,Steve Desroches is a former City Councillor and Deputy Mayor of the City of Ottawa. Twitter @stevedesroches
On April 9, 2017 veterans and members of the community gathered in south Ottawa to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The location was fitting beside the white and gleaming spans of the Vimy Memorial Bridge. The iconic First World War battle began at 5:30 a.m. on Easter Monday, April 9, 1917. After heavy and intense fighting, the Battle of Vimy Ridge proved to be a great military success. The victory however came at a heavy cost to Canada. Of the 100,000 Canadians who served in battle, there were 10,600 casualties including 3,600 soldiers who died for their country. As a distinctly Canadian triumph, the battle helped create a new and stronger sense of national identity in our country. In addition, Canada’s immense sacrifice during the war raised the young nation’s international stature and helped Canada earn a separate signature on the Treaty of Versailles that formally ended the war. It is important that we pause on this important anniversary to honour the service and sacrifice of Vimy. To help mark the occasion, the Barrhaven Royal Canadian Legion has issued a commemorative Vimy 100 ribbon. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like ribbons for your family.
Steve Desroches is a former City Councillor and Deputy Mayor of the City of Ottawa. Twitter @stevedesroches