FLAGS AT HALF-MAST, REMEMBERING THE BATTLE OF VIMY RIDGE

April 9, 2018 – The Canadian flags at City Hall and other City facilities fly at half-mast today, marking the National Day of Remembrance of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

According to www.vimyfoundation.ca: “The message of Vimy Ridge is one of bravery and sacrifice. The battle, which took place on April 9, 1917m us commonly highlighted as a turning point in Canadian history, where the four Canadian divisions fought together as a unified fighting force for the first time. While 3,598 Canadian soldiers were killed during the battle, the impressive victory over German forces is often cited as the beginning of Canada’s evolution from dominion to independent nation. The Vimy Foundation is working to spread the word to Canada’s youth – through initiatives like the Vimy Prize and the Vimy Pin – so that all Canadians understand the importance of Vimy to the nation’s identity. To underscore the sacrifices made by Canada, which suffered 60,000 fatalities during the First World War, France granted Canada 107 hectares of land at Vimy to build and maintain a memorial. That iconic site is today considered one of the most stirring of all First World War monuments, and certainly Canada’s most important war memorial.”

The City of Timmins wishes to thank all the Veterans and active service members for their sacrifices and contributions to our country.

 

 

Media Contact: Heather Duhn, Corporate Communications Coordinator

705-360-2600, ext. 2212      heather.duhn@timmins.ca