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The Vimy Foundation, founded in 2006, is a Canadian charity with directors and members across the country. The mission of the Vimy Foundation is to preserve and promote Canada’s First World War legacy as symbolized with the victory at Vimy Ridge in April 1917, a milestone where Canada came of age and was then recognized on the world stage.

The Foundation carries out its mission by:

• spreading awareness through its educational programs, both domestic and overseas;

• spreading awareness through distributing souvenir items such as Vimy pins and Pilgrimage medals;

• spreading awareness through promoting greater recognition of April 9th as Vimy Day;

• spreading awareness through planning events for the 100th Anniversary of the Battle in 2017.

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At the Vimy Foundation we are dedicated to creating opportunities for young Canadians to learn about our First World War legacy, as symbolized with the victory at Vimy Ridge nearly 100 years ago.

That’s why we develop education programs to send youth from across the country to visit battlegrounds and memorials in France and Belgium and why we are spearheading the building of the new Education Centre at the site of the Vimy Memorial in France.

Upcoming Events

May 1 2017 - October 31 2017

May-October, Cross-Canada Tour – Flight Path of Heroes :

Flight Path of Heroes – Charting a path to Vimy and and back!

Sound Venture Productions is proud to announce that Flight Path of Heroes, the third documentary being produced out of A Nation Soars-Commemorating Canada’s Great War Flyers is currently in production.

Narrated by Dan Aykroyd in English & Bernard Voyer in French, the documentary showcases the bravery of Canadian and British pilots who, in the face of insurmountable odds, persevered and helped stem the German tide in the air and on the ground in the First World War. As a modern day element, the documentary crew is following the patriotic and emotional journey of Vimy Flight, a commemorative squadron who will be flying their replica First World War biplanes over Vimy, France on April 9th, 2017 – the 100th anniversary of the famous battle that took place there.

Upon completion in France, the team of flyers will return to Canada and embark on a cross-Canada tour from East to West between May and October of this year. This will be highlighted with a two-week stop in Ottawa during the height of Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations and will include and a commemorative fly-past over Parliament on July first!

This biplane tour represents a central component of a larger public engagement and educational outreach initiative that further complements the Nation Soars/Flight Path of Heroes legacy.

Working closely with our educational partners (including The Vimy Foundation & EF/Educational Tours) the tour aims to “bring Vimy home”, and engender extensive participation and learning in communities across Canada. Our educational outreach & supporting tools will inform, engage and teach Canadians about the contribution our brave soldiers made at Vimy – and how this significant event directly contributed to who we are today as a Nation as Canada celebrates its sesquicentennial.

Since 2014, Sound Venture Productions has been leading A Nation Soars – Commemorating Canada’s First World War Flyers in partnership with the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. We have worked in close alliance with the Vimy Flight pilots, who together with the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, BC have injected our project with incredible historical aviation knowledge, resources and the ability to build two replica Sopwith Pup biplanes with Air Cadets.

Tim Joyce, President of Sound Venture states:

“We are far beyond the project that was first envisaged several years ago.  What is significant is that we now have the opportunity to be part of a much larger message that will resonate with Canadians from coast to coast.”

A Nation Soars and its third instalment Flight Path of Heroes is funded in part by Canadian Heritage and is being produced in partnership with the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. The documentary will be premiered on CPAC, the Cable Public Affairs Channel in November 2017.

To learn more:

www.anationsoars.ca

www.vimyflight.ca

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July 1 2017

July 1, Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Hunt and Golf Course Remembers Vimy Ridge :

On July 1, 2017, Canada’s 150th Birthday, the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club will be honoring those original members of the Ottawa Hunt Club (1908) who served and died during World War I.  In this one hundredth year of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the club will be planting a Vimy Oak tree and unveiling a plaque to commemorate the sacrifices of those members who served in the Great War.  The oak tree is a direct descendent of oaks that stood witness to the Battle of Vimy Ridge, April 9 – 12, 1917.

Details:   1 July 2017
Time:      0900 – 0930 # 1 West Tee, near main entrance on the left
Parking: North and South Lots

 

For further details, please contact Boris Uvakov, General Manager/COO buvakov@ottawahuntclub.org.

 

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Vimy 100

The Vimy Foundation is leading the charge to commemorate the centennial of the Battle of Vimy Ridge – the First World War battle that paved the way to an Allied victory, and solidified Canada as a sovereign nation. We are spearheading a featured project, together with the government of Canada: the design and construction of the new Vimy Visitor Education Centre in France, which will open on the 100th anniversary of this important battle, on April 9, 2017.

The Vimy Foundation, founded in 2006, is a Canadian charity with directors and members across the country.

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The message of Vimy Ridge is one of bravery and sacrifice. The battle, which took place on April 9, 1917, is commonly highlighted as a turning point in Canadian history, where the four Canadian divisions fought together as a unified fighting force for the first time. While 3,598 Canadian soldiers were killed during the battle, the impressive victory over German forces is often cited as the beginning of Canada’s evolution from dominion to independent nation.