Vimy’s memory holds fast, 95 years on
Vimy's memory holds fast, 95 years on
monster beats To some, it's the moment Canada became a nation. But you don't have to be Canadian to recognize its importance.Among the crowd of several hundred people marking the 95th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge at the cenotaph in front of Old City Hall on Monday were Hélène de Tienda y de Robert de Lafregeyre and her husband Jérôme.The couple hails from La Cavalerie, a town of about 900 people in southern France. The long last name is due to Jérôme's royal ancestry.Hélène, 62, has multiple sclerosis and uses a wheelchair. Jérôme, 73, is a veteran of the Algerian war of independence. Hélène was in Toronto to celebrate Easter, she said, but as a retired history teacher she felt it was important to attend the ceremony."We both think that we have to cherish the memory of Canadian people who died for Europe's liberty," she said. "It's to pay a tribute."It was a blustery day and the ceremony - which began with "O Canada" and ended with "God Save the Queen" - was in the shade, meaning most onlookers were visibly freezing. But Hélène was quick to point out that the soldiers at Vimy Ridge had to endure much worse than just a frigid wind.
monster headphones The battle, which began the morning of Easter Monday in 1917, was the first time Canada's four divisions came together in a single fighting force. The extensively trained soldiers achieved what the French and British couldn't in the previous two years and captured the ridge using innovative military tactics. Nearly 3,600 Canadians died in the battle and thousands more were wounded.The ceremony also featured a tribute to police horses sent to Europe to join the war effort. Insp. William Wardle of the Toronto Police's mounted unit noted that 81,000 Canadian horses went to Europe, but only 40 came home.Five current Toronto Police horses were present along with "Joey", the life-size horse puppet operated by three actors from the National Theatre production War Horse.In France, Governor General David Johnston's delegation to Vimy included an estimated 5,000 Canadian students who marched two kilometres from the memorial to two cemeteries where some of Canada's war dead are buried.The marching students braved persistent rains, distantly evocative of the snow and sleet Canadian troops slogged through 95 years ago.
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