Legion Branches across Canada will hold ceremonies to mark anniversary
On April 9th 2016, from sunrise to sunset, all Legion Branches will fly their Canadian Flags at half-mast to commemorate Vimy Ridge Day. Many Legion branches will also hold ceremonies to commemorate this important event in their local communities.
“Remembering this battle is particularly important to the Legion and its nearly 300,000 members,” says Dominion President of The Royal Canadian Legion, Tom Eagles. ‘It is important because Canadians were able to do what no other Allied force could do at that time during First World War: Capture Vimy Ridge,” adds Eagles.
“Preparations are already under way to mark next year’s 100th anniversary, which will coincide with Canada’s 150th anniversary – a particularly fitting coincidence since many have suggested that it was following the Battle of Vimy Ridge that Canada truly became a nation,” adds Eagles.