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100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF VIMY RIDGE STATEMENT

SENATOR MARTIN’S STATEMENT ON THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HISTORIC BATTLE OF VIMY RIDGE


"On this day, we pause and remember all those who served and those who made the ultimate sacrifice at the Battle of Vimy Ridge, a century ago.

"The Canadians who participated in the Battle of Vimy could not have appreciated the significance their actions would have on the future national psyche of their homeland. Their focus on April 9, 1917 was on capturing a key enemy position, a series of coloured lines on a map, in hopes of ending a horrific war rapidly approaching its fourth year.

"People continue to debate the historical significance of Vimy Ridge, asking whether the battle was a defining moment for Canada. Some argue that the battle was but a smaller part of the much larger battle for Arras, and that it did not end the war. Indeed the German military command believed the battle was a draw.

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