April 9 is National Day of Remembrance of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

April 9 is National Day of Remembrance of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

Flags to fly at half-mast at City facilities

Flags at City facilities will fly at half-mast on April 9 in recognition of the National Day of Remembrance of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

The Battle of Vimy Ridge took place on April 9, 1917 and the victory there was a turning point leading to the end of the First World War and the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. The work of the Canadians was pivotal to the success of this battle and was a defining moment for Canada as a country. Approximately 15,000 Canadian troops fought at the Battle of Vimy Ridge with over 10,000 killed or wounded.

In 2003 the Canadian government declared April 9 as "Vimy Ridge Day" to honor and remember the battle that took place at Vimy Ridge.