90th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy.
On Monday 9 April 2007, France and Canada celebrated the 90the anniversary of the Battle of Vimy ridge conquered in 1917 by a whole Canadian Army Corps. For the occasion, the huge monument that was erected on a ground France gave to Canada, in memory of the Canadian soldiers of the WWI, had been renewed. Main Canadian TV channels and France 2 broadcasted the celebration. The ceremony was presided by both Prime Ministers of France and Canada in the presence of her Majesty Queen Elisabeth II. It was a moment of deep emotion between the two countries.
In Ottawa, celebrations started 5 April with a presentation that has been organised by the French Embassy and the National Art Centre, and that staged three actors who read letters of Canadian soldiers of WWI. This event was very appreciated for its artistic quality and its realism in the description of the war. During the whole night before the official celebration at the War Memorial, names and pictures of the 3598 Canadian casualties at Vimy were projected. It started in the evening with a meeting of veterans and young people from all provinces and a military parade in WWI uniforms.
On 9 April in the morning, the Ambassador of France attended the celebration presided by the Governor General of Canada. Two French student from Lycée Claudel laid a wrath on behalf of the youth of France.
The “Duty of Memory » of youth was enhanced everywhere like those 3598 Canadian students who went to France after having collected money in their schools, to represent every Canadian soldier killed in the Battle of Vimy.