April 9th, 1917 four Canadian divisions joined together and attacked the Germans at Vimy Ridge. A costly effort in that 3,598 were killed and 7.000 wounded. No matter our opinions of war and battle this one can be said to be a historical marker in the foundations of what has become Canada. Worth remembering not only for that but also for the great sacrifices made.
VIMY 100 Toronto took place this week on the grounds of Ft. York. I had the chance to check out Saturday’s events featuring soldiers in period uniforms giving us a taste of what it may have been like so many years ago.
“It was Canada from the Atlantic to the Pacific on parade. I thought then, and I think today, that in those few minutes I witnessed the birth of a nation,”
Brigadier-General Alexander Ross, Commander 28th Battalion at Vimy Ridge, 1917
And on a happier historical note, if I read correctly, it was 100 years ago that this town was also all abuzz about a young hockey team!~ A team that in the following years would be renamed the Toronto Maple Leafs in honour of all of those fallen soldiers. Go Leafs Go!