A ceremony is held at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France on April 9, 2017, commemorating the hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Participants in the ceremony include Governor General David Johnston, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, and General Jonathan Vance (Canada’s chief of defence staff).
Fifteen thousand Canadian soldiers fought in the First World War battle to capture Vimy Ridge, which lasted from April 9 until April 12, 1917. More than 3,500 Canadians died and another 7,000 were wounded in the fighting. The Canadians’ victory at Vimy is now considered to be a defining moment in the country’s history.