The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Vimy Ridge Day:
â€œThe Battle of Vimy Ridge during the First World War was a moment that defined our nation.
â€œIt was the first time that soldiers from all four Canadian divisionsâ€”representing every region of our countryâ€”fought side-by-side on the same battlefield. As Brigadier-General Alexander Ross later said of Canadaâ€™s accomplishments at Vimy, â€˜I witnessed the birth of a nationâ€™.
â€œThe capture of Vimy Ridge was one of the Great Warâ€™s most remarkable military victories, but it came at great cost. Nearly 3,600 Canadians lost their lives and over 7,000 more were wounded.
â€œAs we mark the anniversary of this historic battle, we are reminded of our obligationâ€”to the fallen, to our Veterans, and to their familiesâ€”that we must meet with respect and gratitude. Our men and women in uniform have dedicated their lives to the defence of our country, and they deserve our unwavering support.
â€œOn this day, let us thank those who have sacrificedâ€”and those who continue to sacrificeâ€”on behalf of our country so that we can enjoy the peace and freedoms we have today.â€