A ceremony to remember the April 1917 Battle of Rimy Ridge took place at the Cenotaph in Yarmouth the morning of April 7.
It’s been 102 years since the First World War battle that lasted for days and by nightfall on April 12, 1917, saw the Canadian Corps in control of the ridge.
In victory the Canadian Corps had suffered great loss – 3,598 were killed and 7,004 were injured.
Despite the lengthy passage of time, the need to remember remains as great as ever, those in attendance at the Yarmouth ceremony were told.
The ceremony included members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branches 61 of Yarmouth and 155 of Wedgeport, and the 110 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps. Those taking part marched to the Cenotaph, where the ceremony included, among other things, the playing of O Canada, words of remembrance about the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the Last Post and a two-minute moment of silence, the reading of a poem and prayers and the laying of wreaths.
The Battle of Vimy Ridge – which took place from April 9-12, 1917 – was a military engagement fought in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France. The main combatants were the Canadian Corps, made up of four divisions, against three divisions of the German Sixth Army.
Many historians consider the Canadian victory at Vimy Ridge to have been a defining moment for Canada.