Defence Team News – April 18, 2017

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♪ In this special edition of Defence Team News, we feature the numerous commemorations that took place in France, Canada, and the United States honouring the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Welcome back to Defence Team News. I’m Shelley Van Hoof. And I’m Captain Shalako Smith. For the week of April 18th, we pay tribute to the brave Canadians who fought during the Battle of Vimy Ridge. On April 9th an official Government of Canada delegation traveled to France to mark the Battle’s 100th anniversary. This delegation included Governor General David Johnston, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr, and the Chief of Defence Staff General Jonathan Vance. Approximately 300 CAF members took part in the event, which included a signature commemorative ceremony at the memorial, a wreath-laying ceremony at the Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, and a Last Post commemorative ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial, in Ypres, Belgium. The guard that participated in the events in France was comprised of 58 units that fought at the Battle of Vimy Ridge or who came from units that fought in the battle. For me, it’s important to be here to bridge the gap between how we learn about history in the books. In Canada, we read about this stuff and it’s all in a far off land where things are different and now I’ve had the chance to walk on Vimy Ridge myself, to fly over it, nonetheless, and it’s been just an incredible experience in perspective for me to realize how great we have our peaceful life in Canada and at what cost it all came. Honoured guests with direct family ties to soldiers who fought in the First World War were in attendance, along with Veterans, indigenous organizations, regimental associations and youth from across Canada. More than 20,000 visitors attended the ceremony. Being able to wear the uniform on the grounds where Canadians had fought years ago is a truly incredible experience. Here in Canada, a commemorative event also took place at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on April 9th to honour and remember those who served Canada during the historic battle. The Commemorative Ceremony included a service of Remembrance and musical performances, starting with a candlelight tribute conducted by the Royal Canadian Cadets and the annual launch of the National Sentry Program. The ceremony was attended by dignitaries, members of the Diplomatic Corps, Veterans, Canadian Armed Forces personnel, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and indigenous Canadians. We’re here today to remember those who fought during the Battle of Vimy in 1917. And we’re doing a parade; everyone around Canada gathered today to remember those who’ve fallen. On April 7th, our friends and allies south of the border also marked the 100th Anniversary with a dawn vigil on the Mall in Washington, DC. The Canadian Defence Liaison Staff in Washington and the Embassy of Canada jointly conducted the service, followed by a World War I themed breakfast and Black Tie formal Dinner hosted by the Canadian Ambassador to the United States. That is it for us. Thank you so much for watching. We’ll see you next time… for Defence Team News! ♪

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One Reply to “Defence Team News – April 18, 2017”

  1. Renee-Claude Tanguay says:

    Do not forget Their Royal Highness'  Princes Charles, William, and Harry who attended the Vimy Ridge commemoration as well.

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