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April 3, 2017
City of Toronto to commemorate Battle of Vimy Ridge centennial anniversary
  
The City of Toronto will honour the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge (VIMY 100 Toronto) at Fort York National Historic Site with a weekend of free events culminating in a commemorative ceremony on April 9 in collaboration with the Canadian Armed Forces.

At the April 9 ceremony, Mayor John Tory will be joined by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell; the Premier of Ontario, the Honourable Kathleen Wynne and other dignitaries.

"I am proud to be part of this significant event that remembers the sacrifices of our soldiers. Vimy Ridge forged the character of our country and its historic importance continues to resonate a century later," said Mayor Tory. "It is of utmost importance that we share the memories that have been passed down from generation to generation so that the children of the future understand the significance of Vimy Ridge and why so many made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can live in peace and freedom today. I encourage everyone to attend the events at Fort York this weekend."

“The Battle of Vimy Ridge was a defining moment for Canada – a turning point in our collective memory when we came into our own as a nation," said Premier Wynne. "Thousands of young Canadians lost their lives. I encourage everyone to attend the events at Fort York this weekend as we mark the 100th anniversary of this historic battle. By joining together to honour the legacy of Vimy Ridge, we will remember the great courage and sacrifice of Canada’s soldiers in the First World War, and pay our respects to every serviceman and woman who has died protecting our freedom and our way of life.”

A military parade and commemorative service by the Canadian Armed Forces will take place on April 9 at 2 p.m. and will be followed by the dedication of a Vimy oak tree within Fort York's Garrison Common. Fort York will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Multiple events will also take place on April 9 across Canada and in France to honour the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Visit http://www.canada.ca/vimy-100 for more information on the history and legacy of the battle.

On April 8, the public can experience First World War re-enactor displays of infantry, artillery, cavalry, medicine, music and food as well as Great War related exhibits and films. Fort York will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information on VIMY 100 Toronto events is available at http://www.toronto.ca/fortevents.

VIMY 100 Toronto is part of the City's Canada 150 TO Canada with Love program and is presented by the City in partnership with the Ontario150 program to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Province of Ontario in 2017. Visit https://www.ontario.ca/150 more information.

As a National Historic Site, Fort York is a place for all Torontonians and Canadians to discover their common history and heritage. Since 1793, Fort York has been an important location militarily and is also known as Toronto’s founding landscape. Fort York National Historic Site is one of 10 historic sites operated by the City of Toronto. For more information visit http://www.toronto.ca/museums. Follow the City's historic sites on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TOhistoricsites and Facebook at http://wwwfacebook.com/historictoronto.

Get information and updates about the TO Canada with Love program at http://www.toronto.ca/canada150 or on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SpecialEventsTO, Twitter: http://twitter.com/SpecialEventsTO, Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/SpecialEventsTO and Snapchat: http://www.snapchat.com/add/specialeventsto. The program hashtag is #C150TO.

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017, Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with "TO Canada with Love," a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.

Media Contact
Shane Gerard
Strategic Communications
416-397-5711
sgerard@toronto.ca

 

 

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