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2010-04-10

Vimy Ridge Day Ceremony on April 9, 2010 in Ottawa Honours Legacy of WWI Veterans

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A Vimy Ridge Day ceremony in Ottawa yesterday honoured the end of an era of as the last of Canada's last World War I Veterans died last February. Before he died, John Babcock refused a state funeral but his name was acknowledged at yesterday's event nonetheless. In attendance with approximately 3000 onlookers were Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Governor General Michaëlle Jean. It was ninety-three years ago to the day that Canadian soldiers from four divisions launched an assault that lasted four days near Arras, France. By capturing Vimy Ridge, they had succeeded where the British and French armies had failed. It was at Vimy Ridge that day that the provinces of British North America came forged a common Canadian idenity and earned the Dominion of Canada an important place on the world stage.



>>UPDATE<< As the e-mail below indicates, the campaign to permanently fly the Canadian Red Ensign at the War Museum and the National War Monument has met its first benchmark of success! Let's keep up the campaign going so that the flag will be raised on permanently flown at these locations during the next Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11th.

From: HawnL@parl.gc.ca
To: XXXXXXXX
Date: Thu, 8 Apr 2010 14:16:51 -0400
Subject: RE: Canadian Red Ensign Campaign - Facebook Fan Page

Dear XXXXXXXX,

I have spoken to officials in Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs and they have indicated to me that the Red Ensign will be flown tomorrow during the ceremony tomorrow.

Tomorrow’s ceremony, taking place on Vimy Ridge Day, will be a memorial service to honour all of Canada’s Service Men and Women from the First World War.

Thank you for writing.

If there is any way our office can be of assistance to you in the future please do not hesitate to contact us.

Sincerely,

Jordan R. Fraser

Parliamentary Assistant

Office of Laurie Hawn, MP

Edmonton Centre

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence

Tel: 613-992-4524

Cell: 613-668-4345

Fax: 613-943-0044


SOURCES:

Passing the torch of remembrance

End of an Era - Veterans Affairs Canada

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