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UPDATE: Vimy Ridge anniversary today

Carman Edward Patterson, 1916

Carman Edward Patterson, 1916

Today marks the 93rd anniversary of the Easter Monday start to the April 9-12 battle at Vimy Ridge in France during World War I. Twenty-thousand Canadians and Newfoundlanders took part in this battle. After three days of fighting, a staggering 3,598 had been killed, and 7,004 had been wounded. It has been estimated that the Germans suffered 20,000 casualties.

More than 650,000 Canadians fought in the First World War, 68,000 were killed, and 170,000 were wounded. Today provides us with an important moment to remember the hardship and loss of these individuals, and to recommit ourselves to contributing to a world without war.

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