Ombudsman Recognizes the Commemoration of 100th Anniversary of the Canadian Victory at the Battle of Vimy Ridge on April 9, 1917

Message from the Ombudsman

April 6, 2017

On Easter Monday, the 9th of April 1917, the four Divisions of the Canadian Corps rose up and advanced on the defensive positions of the German Sixth Army at Vimy Ridge in a successful assault that would range over three days.

This battle was the first time in history that the Canadian Divisions had operated together as a fighting force. The end result of the battle was that Vimy Ridge was in Canadian hands at the cost of 3,598 Canadians killed and 7,000 wounded. To underscore this heavy sacrifice one needs to bear in mind that the French Army had lost more than 100,000 troops in previous attacks on the ridge. 

Over time this battle has come to be known as a defining moment in Canadian history. The planning, preparation, and professionalism of the Canadian soldier at Vimy still stands as an example to militaries around the world, and is an important legacy which has been passed down from generation to generation of Canada’s soldiers, sailors, and air personnel. I am humbled to recognize the incredible feats that our troops accomplished one hundred years ago today, and I am proud to be of service to the members of today’s Canadian Armed Forces.

Gary Walbourne

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