Vimy Ridge Day, marking the 96th anniversary of what many see as a battle that helped define Canada as a nation.This is
Given the Conservative government's fixation on things military, it was surprising to see that commemoration of this watershed event at the National War Memorial was being led not by Prime Minister Stephen Harper but Gordon O'Connor, the Tories' chief whip.
But really, do we need the prime minister to help us mark the day?
Next year marks the centenary of the First World War and John Babcock, Canada's last known soldier to have served in that war died in 2010 at age 109. The living links to that war are gone, so it's up to us to remember what they did and why.
That's why the dozens of local commemorations are probably more critical than the still-important national wreath-laying in Ottawa.
For example, military cadets in Kitchener, Ont., didn't wait until this week, choosing to commemorate the battle last Wednesday at the local armoury, according to The Record.Read More »from Canadians find that the best way to mark Battle of Vimy Ridge is to pass on its significance