Remembering Our Fallen Heroes
April 9, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge which took place during the First World War, in the open countryside north of Arras, France. In the epic battle, the four divisions of the Canadian Corps fought together for the first time and valiantly seized the ridge from the German army. Today, an iconic white memorial rests at the top of the ridge. Designed by Canadian Walter Seymour Allward, the monument commemorates the battle and honours the memory of Canadians who were killed, and for whom there are no known graves.
Video Commemorating 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. (Source: Veterans Affairs Canada)
It was at Vimy Ridge that Canada began to shape its character as a nation. By this victory, Canada was changed from a colony under British rule, to a country forging its own identity in the world. It was the efforts of these heroic and brave Canadians that established our nation, as one representing unity, honour, integrity and strength.
Source: Wayne Cuddington/The Ottawa Citizen
“The Battle of Vimy Ridge is such an important part of our history as a country because it brought people together,” said Phyllis Bright, Owner of The Flag Shop Edmonton. “There’s a lot of interest here, in this important anniversary. We have a school in our neighbourhood called Vimy Ridge Academy. Their sports team name is The Raiders.”
This name is most appropriate because during the war, Canadians soldiers took part in trench raids, something which they developed and mastered. Throughout the war, these Canadian soldiers were brave and heroic raiders, who rushed the enemy trenches courageously, and captured enemy territory. These raids were vital in preparation for the ultimate victory at Vimy Ridge.
Join all locations of The Flag Shop across our great country on April 9 as we perpetuate the memory of those who valorously gave their lives in this battle. This victory was the first milestone where Canada came of age and was then recognized across the world.
World War I (1868-1921) Canadian Red Ensign
Interested in knowing more about Vimy Ridge 100th Anniversary events in your area? Visit Veterans Affairs Canada, for a full listing of events across in your area.
The Flag Shop proudly carries a full range of Canadian-made ensigns and military flags, including the Vimy Ridge flag, also known as the WWI Canadian Red Ensign.