Saturday, 1 April 2017

Remembering Vimy Ridge

By Glenn Miller, Galt Guest Curator

It was Vimy Ridge Day this past Sunday on April 09.  On this annual the Galt Museum hosted over 100 people for a feature a presentation by Dr. Stéphane Guevremont entitled The Lost Victory.  The historical lecture reflected on the incredible feat accomplished by Canadian soldiers on Easter Monday in April 1917. What significance does the Battle of Vimy Ridge hold to you?

The capture of Vimy Ridge by all four divisions of the Canadian Corps fighting together side by side marked the first time all of the Canadians were grouped as a fighting unit. Canadians should also recognize a British Division and other groups were attached to the Canadian Corps in the taking of Vimy Ridge.

It was anticipated the first pilgrimage for the dedication of the memorial in 1936 there would be large participation across Canada. We can all feel proud today as Canadians are taking the time and effort this year in marking the 100th anniversary not only across Canada, but in France on the very battle field itself.

A large contingent of approximately 10 000 of Canada’s youth are expected to carry the torch for their generation and we as a community will be represented by 38 students from Catholic Central School who will be among this distinct group to witness and experience this historic event.

During the battle Lethbridge was represented by the 20th and 39th Field batteries. The Lethbridge raised infantry Battalion 113th Lethbridge Highlanders were dispersed into other infantry units but in the battle. Today the 20th Battery is perpetuated by the 20th Independent Field Battery RCA. Their Armoury was renamed and rededicated Vimy Ridge Armoury on 9 November 2001.

To learn more about Vimy Ridge the Galt Museum exhibit on the the lower level of the museum offers a chance to learn about Vimy Ridge with an exhibit running until Sunday, May 27. 
 

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