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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:
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:
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
- The Dartmouth College Case
- 2007 Trustee Election
- Dartmouth Constitution
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- The Indian Wars
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