Cadets from across Alberta mark the 99th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge
EDMONTON – It’s a battle that marked Canada’s place in the history books.
The significance of the First World War battle was not lost on even the youngest participants in Sunday’s parade marking the 99th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
“It really shows how Canada came out and how important this battle was. It showed what Canada can do because of the size of our military we were able to band together,” said 14-year old MacIntosh Pavia, a Master Corporal with Southern Alberta Light Horse.”It really shows that we were a tough country.”
The Battle of Vimy Ridge was the single biggest allied advance on the Western Front up to that point during the First World War. It led to a victory for the entire allied force and is widely considered to be the turning point of the war.
Over 300 cadets from across Alberta marked the event, which included a parade at the Edmonton Garrison.
“Many people think that the battle of Vimy Ridge was the coming out for Canada in the First World War so it’s really good for the cadets to remember the history,” said Robynn Pavia with the Army Cadet League of Canada.
Several dignitaries including Alberta’s Lieutenant Governor Lois Mitchell and Global Edmonton’s Gord Steinke also took part.
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