About

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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Programs

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

March 1 2017 - December 31 2018

1 March 2017 – 31 December 2018 – Juno Beach Centre – Temporary Exhibitions “From Vimy to Juno: Remembering Canadians in France” :

Until 31 December 2018
Temporary Exhibition hall
Included in the museum entrance fee. Visit the temporary exhibition alone: 3€

Vimy and Juno. Two names, two world wars, two great victories for Canadians. One hundred years ago in 1917, Canadians captured Vimy Ridge in the Pas de Calais region. 27 years later in 1944, Canadians landed on Juno Beach in Normandy, and took part in the liberation of France.

For more information, please click here.

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April 3 2018 - March 10 2019

3 April 2018 – 10 March 2019 – Kansas City, MO, USA – Crucible Life & Death in 1918 :

Crucible Life & Death in 1918
National WWI Museum and Memorial
Through March 10, 2019

For the Doughboys on the Western Front, 1918 was their year. It was the crucible where the American land forces forged their fighting force. They fought alongside their main allies from Cantigny to Belleau Wood to the Champagne Region, the Piave River to the Marne to St. Mihiel to the Meuse Argonne to Vladivostok. This exhibition is not an illustration or timeline of how the 1918 battles were fought, rather it focuses on individuals and their lives and deaths in the crucible of 1918.

For more information, please visit the National WWI Museum and Memorial’s website.

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Learn

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.