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Vimy Ridge: 100 Years Ago

The First World War has special meaning for many of England’s former colonies, my erstwhile home and still native land of Canada among them. Our men fought as hard, or even better, than the troops of the Mother Country, and from their spilled blood came national pride. One hundred years ago today, the entire Canadian Expeditionary Force, four divisions, assaulted the German trenches and accomplished their objectives — with 3,600 Canadians losing their lives in the four-day battle. The National Vimy Memorial marks their sacrifice:

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A century later, the fields of northern France that have not been put under plow still show the shell holes one on top of the other.

Addendum: If you doubt the importance of Vimy, Don Cherry will fill you in at 5:50 in this segment of Coach’s Corner on Hockey Night in Canada.

Addendum: The Vimy memorial and WWI poppies even make it onto the back of the current Canadian $20 bill:

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