Tuesday, 11 April 2017 11:45

Vimy Ridge commemoration ceremony at Memorial Park cenotaph in Swift Current, April 9, 2017

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The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #56 Swift Current held a parade and ceremony on April 9 to commemorate the Battle of Vimy Ridge, which took place 100 years ago in Europe during the First World War. More than 3,500 Canadians were killed during the battle in 1917, which lasted from April 9 to 12. The Canadian victory is historically significant because it was the first time that all four Canadian divisions were together in a single battle, which contributed to a feeling of national unity. Thirty members of the 209th Battallion, which was established in Swift Current in February 2016 with recruits from southwest Saskatchewan, were killed in action at Vimy Ridge. Members of 605 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Tarry Squadron and 259 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Drylander participated in the commemoration ceremony at the cenotaph in Memorial Park. Salvation Army Major Don Grad did the scripture reading from Psalm 23. Dave Boucher, the president of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #56 Swift Current, and Petty Officer First Class Theo Lautsch of the  259 Drylander Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps placed a wreath at the cenotaph.

 

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Matthew Liebenberg

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