Images courtesy of Robertson Martin Architect and Bisson+Castonguay
(All images courtesy of Veterans Affairs Canada)
Spear headed by the Vimy Foundation in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Canada’s most famous victory of the First World War – The Battle of Vimy Ridge, 24 sites in Canada are to be illuminated in Vimy colours, green, light blue, dark blue, and red, representing the four Canadian divisions that fought at Vimy Ridge or in red only on April 9th, 2017. Sites include monuments, towers, city halls, bridges, and other historic buildings and important Canadian landmarks. The Vimy Foundation invites media to help spread the word and significance of the lighting, by photographing the sites, and tagging @vimyfoundation in any social media posts.
At Vimy Ridge, 100 years ago, 100,000 Canadians soldiers gathered for the first time as a united fighting force. Commanded in part by Canadian officers, they achieved the unachievable and took one of the most heavily defended German positions of the entire Western front. It is said by many historians that at Vimy Ridge Canada emerged from a colony to become a nation. It was not simply a battle – it was Canada’s coming of age.
“The Battle of Vimy Ridge has remained such a key part of our collective understanding as a country not only because it was a military victory, but because many of the core Canadian values were a contributing factor to its success: leadership, innovation, teamwork. We are excited that so many important landmarks in our country have agreed to commemorate this important day with us. We hope that people will be curious as to what the colours mean, and that they will want to learn more about Vimy and the important role it played in Canada’s story,” says Jeremy Diamond, Executive Director of the Vimy Foundation.
Sites across Canada illuminated for Vimy Day, April 9th.
Calgary Reconciliation Bridge
Campbell House Museum
Canada Place Sails Vancouver
Canadian Museum of Nature (Queen’s Lantern)
Charlottetown City Hall Tower
City Hall Vancouver
City Hall Whitehorse
Halifax Metro Centre
Humber River Hospital
Legislative Grounds of British Columbia
Mississauga Clock Tower
Montreal City Hall
New Brunswick Legislative Assembly Building
Ryerson Image Centre
TELUS World of Science Vancouver
The Prairie Wind Sculpture
The Forks (Winnipeg)
Toronto City Hall Towers
New Poll Shows Canadian First World War Legacy Building as More Young Canadians Engage in Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
Two in three (65%) Canadians set to acknowledge the centenary.
The year 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the defining moment in Canadian history, when Canada first stepped forward onto the world stage. According to a new Ipsos poll conducted for the Vimy Foundation, younger Canadians (18-34) are more engaged in the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge than other age groups. A quarter (26%) say they will talk with family and friends about the battle, compared to 14% overall, 31% will read more about the Battle of Vimy Ridge, compared to 24% overall, and 16% will wear a Vimy pin leading up to April 9, compared to 10% overall.
With commemorations taking place on April 9, the survey asks how Canadians are planning to mark this historic occasion. Two in three (65%) Canadians are planning to acknowledge the Vimy centenary.
Furthermore, this year brings an increase in knowledge of the battle among Canadians as nearly four in ten (37%) are correctly able to determine that 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, up 9 points since April last year.
When presented with a photo of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France, two in ten (19%) Canadians correctly identify the monument as memorializing Vimy Ridge. Although this number is still low overall, encouragingly, it is up 7 points since last year.
Canada will be commemorating several major historical events in the near future and has marked others in the recent past. The survey asks Canadians how important they consider each of them to be. Three in four (75%) Canadians say the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge is important.
View complete poll results here.