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April 9th, 2013

Statement by Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair on the 96th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

Today marks the 96th anniversary of the Canadian Corps taking Vimy Ridge, a momentous day in Canadian history.

In April of 1917, all four divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force battled side by side and took control of the escarpment, 3,600 of whom made the ultimate sacrifice.

The Canadian soldiers’ tremendous bravery, sound strategic planning and powerful artillery support are widely credited with the success of this mission. It is a point of pride for all Canadians that our soldiers serving today are still recognised as embodying those fine qualities.

As we remember the sacrifices made by Canadian Armed Forces members currently striving to bring stability and peace to troubled regions, we also turn our thoughts to their families and loved ones whose unwavering support help them to do this honourable duty.

Lest we forget.