Battle of Vimy Ridge will be marked in Wetaskiwin, Millet

The Royal Canadian Legion will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Vimy Ridge battle of Apr. 9, 1917.

  • Apr. 4, 2017 12:00 p.m.

Submitted by Millet Legion

The Royal Canadian Legion will be marking the 100th anniversary of the Vimy Ridge battle of Apr. 9, 1917.

Our ceremony will start at 10:40 a.m. in front of the Millet Legion and will proceed with a parade to the cenotaph.

At the cenotaph we will hold a short ceremony commemorating this significant battle by these brave Canadian soldiers.

It was the first time that all Canadians were to fight as a total Canadian corps against a very powerful enemy. The corps numbered over 100,000 men. They were successful in defeating the enemy after very heavy fighting where the French and British soldiers had been unable to accomplish this feat. Canada paid a very high price for this battle. Over 10,500 men were wounded and over 3,600 were killed.

This was definitely a Canadian triumph because all the regiments were from coast to coast and fought together.

This battle is widely known as “the birth of the nation, Canada.”

We would like to invite everyone to attend our ceremony in front of the Legion and cenotaph. Socializing will be held in the branch following the ceremony.

Wetaskiwin Legion

A Vimy Ridge ceremony will also be held by the Wetaskiwin Legion first at the cenotaph and later at the Legion Hall on Sunday, April 9 to commemorate the battle. The ceremony at the cenotaph will be held at 2 p.m. and the Legion service will be at 3 p.m.