VIMY 100 Toronto, Fort York, April 8 2017

April 9th, 1917 four Canadian divisions joined together and attacked the Germans at Vimy Ridge. 1-DSC_01841-DSC_01951-DSC_0210A 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.1-DSC_03201-DSC_02791-DSC_0326 Worth remembering not only for that but also for the great sacrifices made.

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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.1-DSC_03571-DSC_02401-DSC_0382

“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

 

1-DSC_03801-DSC_03461-DSC_0338And 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!1-DSC_0402

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