It's not news anymore that many Canadians are woefully ignorant of this country's history, but there's something disconcerting about a new poll that finds a lot of us know little about a pivotal moment in Canada's emergence as a nation.
I'm talking about Vimy Ridge.
And if you're asking yourself, "What's Vimy Ridge," I'm talking about you.
The poll by Ipsos Reid for the Vimy Foundation suggests that while four out of five Canadians knew it was a famous battle, only 47 per cent of those surveyed knew it took place in the First World War. Two out of five put it in the Second World War and the rest guessed anything from the Korean War, Boer War, Afghanistan and even the Northwest Rebellion (extra points for knowing what that was).
“It’s disappointing that a seminal moment in our history like the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the centennial that is a few years away just doesn’t have that click in people’s minds,” foundation campaign manager Jeremy Diamond told the National Post.
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