Reflecting on Vimy Ridge

Published on April 09, 2018

Today is the 101st anniversary of the Canadian victory at the Battle of Vimy Ridge. It was the first decisive, allied victory of the First World War. Both the British and the French suffered over 100,000 casualties trying to take Vimy. Canadian soldiers defeated the Germans at Vimy in a matter of days.

The Canadian Corps took Vimy Ridge by employing a series of tactical and technical innovations resulting in a stunning victory. Many of the tactics developed for Vimy remain relevant today.

Although Canadians have always been a peace-loving people, we understood that sometimes peace needs to be fought for. Canada has a long and proud history of fighting against tyranny and oppression around the globe. We played an instrumental role in defeating the Germans in both World Wars, fought against communist aggression in Korea, and stood with our allies against the Soviet Union. In recent years, we helped defeat Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, and prevented the Taliban from retaking Kandahar province. We also helped defeat Gaddafi in Libya, ISIS in Iraq, and kept the peace around the world.

Canada’s victory at Vimy Ridge, and its enduring battle to defeat tyrants, dictators, and terrorists has come at a heavy cost. The sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform must never be forgotten. We owe a debt of gratitude to all who made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve freedom and democracy. We must honor their legacy.

One of the best ways to do that is to be proud of who we are as a society, and as a country. I am certain that those brave souls were all proud to be Canadian. Let’s continue being proud to be Canadian!