Calian Commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Calian Commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

Calian sponsors two soldiers
to attend Vimy ceremonies and
lay wreath on Calian's behalf.


An official Government of Canada delegation is travelling to France to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge this week. The delegation includes Veterans representing Veterans' and Indigenous organizations, and regimental associations; youth from across Canada; special guests who have direct family ties to soldiers who fought in the First World War; and parliamentarians. Ten thousand Canadian youth are expected to attend the events in France and some will play an active role in the events.

In support of the Vimy ceremonies, Calian is proud to have sponsored two young Master Corporals to participate in this historic event as part of the joint Royal Canadian Artillery and C&E Branch battlefield study tour. The two young soldiers are accompanied by members of the C&E branch, including 50 junior members from the CFSCE training school and 50 serving and retired CAF members.

These anniversary events provide an unparalleled opportunity to learn more about Canada’s military history, while experiencing first hand, the military legacy of our Canadian troops as they visit Normandy, Juno Beach, Dieppe, Ypres, Passchendaele, and Vimy. 


Beny-sur-Mer cemetery
Canadian D Day  and Normandy Operation Cemetery
2000+ Canadian graves



Veterans Affairs Canada has organized a series of events this weekend in the nation's capital to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and to honour those who served in the First World War. These commemorative ceremonies are an opportunity for Canadians to come together at home and remember the service and sacrifice of those who fought at Vimy and during the First World War.


Events will take place this Saturday and Sunday. Find the details below:

Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: Events start at 7:30 p.m.
Location: National War Memorial, 30 Wellington St., Ottawa, ON

The evening program on April 8 will include a candlelight tribute and an overnight vigil led by the Royal Canadian Army Cadets. The Cadets will remain on guard until the following morning at sunrise, in honour of those who waited in the tunnels and trenches on the night before the historic battle at Vimy Ridge. The evening event will also feature performances by Mr. Theland Kicknosway; Mr. Oliver Pigott and Mr. Christopher MacFarlane (music by Mr. Michael J. Moore); Ottawa Regional Youth Choir; and an illumination depicting Vimy imagery designed by Mr. Martin Conboy, MCLD.


Date:     Sunday, April 9, 2017
Time:    6:30 a.m. – Royal Canadian Army Cadets Vigil Guard will stand down
                8:30 a.m. – pre-ceremony begins
                9:00 a.m. – ceremony begins
                10:00 a.m. – ceremony ends
Location:  National War Memorial and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, 30 Wellington St. Ottawa, ON

The morning program on April 9th will include performances by Dr. Andrea McCrady, Dominion Carillonneur; the Canadian Armed Forces Contingent Central Band; the Ottawa Choral Society; Mr. Dave Hookimaw and Mr. Theland Kicknosway; Soloist Sierra Noble; as well as a smudging ceremony and guest appearances from Silver Cross Mothers, Colleen Fitzpatrick and Gisèle Michaud.      


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