A solemn Sunday is in store as Canadians take time to remember the thousands of our country’s soldiers who died while fighting on Vimy Ridge a century ago.
The battle claimed the lives of more than 3,500 Canadian soldiers and wounded 7,000 others — among them, about 400 from Saskatchewan — as they fought German forces in the Nord-Pas-De-Calais region of France between April 9 and 12, 1917.
Tim Hunter is the vice president of the Royal Canadian Legion, Regina Branch 001.
He says Vimy Ridge will forever be known as the battle which united the nation.
“Vimy Ridge really brought Canada together as a country. As one of the sayings go, ‘it was the birth of a nation,’ or you could say it was the ‘coming-of-age’ of Canada,” explains Hunter.
He says it took a toll on Canadian soldiers.
“Canada, when they took that ridge, took it in four days,” he explains. “We went up there with approximately 100,000 men and we lost approximately 3,500.”
Hunter adds that honouring our country’s veterans on the anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge is just as important as doing so on Remembrance Day.
There will be several opportunities Sunday in Regina to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
The Royal Canadian Legion is hosting a series of events, including: a church service at St. Paul’s Cathedral at 9 a.m., a ceremony at the Victoria Park cenotaph at 10:20 a.m. with a re-dedication at the Royal Canadian Legion Library and Museum on Cornwall Street to follow.
The provincial government will also host an outdoor commemorative ceremony at the Legislative Building at 1 p.m.