Today is Vimy Ridge day, and the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
Vimy Ridge is a story of bravery and sacrifice. The battle took place on Easter Monday, April 9, 1917, and was a turning point in Canadian history. Four Canadian divisions fought together as a unified fighting force for the first time. After the battle other Allied forces began to see Canadians as a distinct force. The impressive victory over German forces is often cited as the beginning of Canada’s evolution from dominion to independent nation.
My Grandfather was one of the Canadian soldiers who fought at Vimy Ridge, with the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders. He was wounded on the first day of battle but survived and received the Military Cross for bravery.
Canada’s victory at Vimy Ridge was costly; our army suffered 3,598 dead and 7,004 wounded.