Commemorating the Battle of Vimy Ridge

More than 25,000 people attended the April 9th ceremony to commemorate the achievements and sacrifices of Canadian soldiers 100 years ago at the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The ceremony included speeches by dignitaries from Canada, Britain and France, as well as musical and acting performances. Some 100,000 soldiers fought in the four-day battle, which...
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  • Vimy: Through Generations

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    Silence reigns over the fields surrounding the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, about 175 kilometres north of Paris. The pockmarked battlefields where 100,000 Canadians fought 95 years ago have been softened by time, the slumped shoulders of the trenches clothed by grass and surrounded by spring-green...
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