Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Did you know, the 199th (Duchess of Connaught’s Own Irish Rangers) Battalion was raised in Montreal in an effort to bolster recruitment amongst Irish-Canadians? Their motto was “Who Shall Separate Us”.
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.
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.
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.
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Success in Battle is the 4th instalment in the Okanagan Military Museum’s First World War exhibition series. The latest exhibit explores the compelling story of how Canadian soldiers succeeded in several important battles in 1917, with a focus on Vimy Ridge. The exhibition also looks at the Military Services Act, which was issued in September 1917, and Dr. Benjamin Boyce, who examined hundreds of Okanagan men during the war, 397 of which were drafted into uniform in 1917.
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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 opened on the 100th anniversary of this important battle, on April 9, 2017.
The Vimy Foundation raises funds for its educational youth-oriented initiatives thanks to the generous contributions of private donors, corporate/municipal sponsors and participating schools, as well as Vimy Pilgrimage Medal and Vimy Pin sales. The Foundation actively seeks your support. Donors can receive a tax benefit, since the Foundation is a registered charity under the Income Tax Act. We are able to issue tax receipts for any donation over $10, and the federal government has eliminated capital gains tax when you donate publicly listed securities to official charities like the Vimy Foundation. Please contact us directly at 514.904.1007 if you are interested in discussing different options to help you achieve your philanthropic goals.