SEEN IN VANCOUVER #439: Remembering The Battle Of Vimy Ridge At Victory Square
by Andrew Morrison | In front of veterans, city officials, and a large crowd of the curious and the cold, roughly 300 young members of Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps were on parade in the rain at Victory Square yesterday. They were marking and remembering the First World War’s Battle of Vimy Ridge. The three day fight in April, 1917 claimed the lives of some 3,598 Canadian soldiers, including that of my great-great uncle, a Private who wasn’t much older than the kids pictured above. It was a moving day, especially with a bugler on hand for The Last Post and a piper piping the Lament. The Mayor’s Office proclaimed it Vimy Day and many wreaths were laid, including one by the Consul General of France.