Vimy Ridge Day

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2023 DateApril 9, 2023
2024 DateApril 9, 2024
Vimy Ridge Day

Vimy Ridge Day History

Vimy Ridge Day commemorates the victims of the Canadian Corps in the Battle of Vimy Ridge. This battle is considered by many to be the most celebrated military victory in Canadian History. The Battle of Vimy Ridge took place in France during the First World War from April 9th to April 12th in 1917. Four divisions of the Canadian Corps joined to fight together for the first time to capture territory that was held by the German Army. This led to one of the largest territorial advances by the Allied Forces in the war.

Vimy Ridge Day was established in 2003 by the government of Canada. It was advocated for by Korean war veteran Robert Manuel. It is observed annually on April 9th.

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Vimy Ridge Day Facts

  • Four men were awarded Victoria Crosses for their bravery in the battle. The Victoria Cross is the highest and most prestigious award of the British armed forces. Those awarded for their bravery were:
    -Private William Milne of the 16th Battalion
    -Lance-Sergeant Ellis Sifton of the 18th Battalion
    -Private John Pattison of the 50th Battalion
    -Captain Thain MacDowell of the 38th Battalion
  • The Battle of Vimy Ridge was the first time all 4 divisions of the Canadian Corps attacked together in an organized formation.
  • According to, out of the 100,000 Canadians who served in the battle of Vimy Ridge, there were 10,600 Canadian casualties and 3,600 deaths.

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Vimy Ridge Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • View and experience a virtual tour of the Vimy Memorial.
  • Visit the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in Vimy, France. It stands as tribute to all who served their country in battle during World War I.
  • Watch a movie or documentary illustrating the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Here are our suggestions:
    How This Canadian Victory Over Germany Shaped Their Identity (2018)
    Vimy Ridge: Heaven to Hell (2007)
    The Battle of Vimy Ridge - Part 1: Setting the Stage (1997)

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