Please join us on Sunday, April 9 2017 as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. At this time, we will honour this milestone year and inaugurate the Kamloops Cenotaph clock.
VIMY 100 | PROGRAMME
Ceremony 1 pm - 2:30 pm
Opening | Parade of Colours
Canadian National Anthem | O Canada
Laying of Wreath | Vimy
100 Years Ago | Battle of Vimy Ridge
Inauguration | Kamloops Cenotaph Clock
Closing | Royal Anthem | God Save the Queen
Receptions | All Welcome
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 52 - (2:30 pm - 3:30 pm)
425 Lansdowne St, Kamloops BC | 250-374-1742
Anavets - Open Lounge (open lounge)
#9-177 Tranquille Rd., Kamloops BC | 250-554-2455
100 Years Ago
The Battle of Vimy Ridge was a pivotal moment in the Great War (1914 - 1918) for the Canadian Expeditionary Forces. The battle was part of a larger battle of Arras, near the border of Belgium and it marked the first occasion on which the four divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Forces fought together. Their successes broke a longstanding stalemate at the Western Front and was one of the crucial junctures that led to the war's conclusion.
The Canadian Expeditionary Forces faced a challenging geography. The steep incline required improvements in artillery and the inventive use of an extensive tunnel system that allowed soldiers to advance towards Vimy Ridge unseen. While victory was achieved, it resulted in tremendous casualties. The Canadian National Vimy Memorial at the site marks over 11,000 names of those whose lives were lost.
The high proportion of recruits magnified the sense of recognition and respect for those magnified the sense of recognition and respect for those who served and the grief for those who did not survive. On the Kamloops Cenotaph are the names of 12 soldiers who lost their lives at Vimy Ridge, among numerous others who survived the battle, but never returned home.
For more information, contact:
Julia Cyr, Museum Supervisor, firstname.lastname@example.org, 250-828-3577
Sean Smith, Tournament Capital & Special Events Supervisor, email@example.com, 250-828-3552