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Message from His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, on the Occasion of Vimy Ridge Day

Apr 9 2013 12:00AM



OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 04/09/13 -- Since 2003, Canadians have gathered on April 9 to commemorate the heroic actions and tragic losses of the Canadian Corps during the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

Vimy Ridge Day is an opportunity for us to reflect on the great sacrifices Canadian soldiers made during the four-day battle-and throughout the entire First World War-in the service of their country. It is also an occasion for us to celebrate the rich heritage of the Canadian Forces, and the valiant efforts of our men and women in uniform to keep our country safe and free, then as today. We owe them our thanks and our remembrance, lest we forget.

Some 96 years ago, after four bloody days of combat, the four divisions of the Canadian Corps seized Vimy Ridge. On that day, 3 500 Canadians died. By nightfall on April 12, the battle was over. None today remain who fought this battle to tell us of their deeds. They have gone, and it is now our duty to remember on their behalf.

Let us honour those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom and justice.

David Johnston

Marie-Pierre Belanger
Rideau Hall Press Office

Source: Marketwire

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