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Remembering Vimy Ridge 100 Years Later

As part of the Vimy 100 commemorations happening across the country and around the world, Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse, hosted an evening of military training exercises, period uniforms and live music.

The evening ended with a powerful commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge.  6 C3 105 – mm Howitzers were stationed on the beach below, and fired off 100 rounds.  One for each year since the first shots were fired in 1917.

It was windy, the rain came and went, it was cold but that didn’t keep thousands from coming out to remember those that fought.

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A Salute To Vimy 100

On the weekend of April 8-9th, a series of special events will take place across Victoria to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. It is a chance to learn more about the battle, honour those who served, and connect Canadians with ceremonies happening at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France.

A Salute To Vimy 100On the weekend of April 8-9th, a series of special events will take place across Victoria to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. It is a chance to learn more about the battle, honour those who served, and connect Canadians with ceremonies happening at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France.

April 8, 11 a.m on Saturday, the Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary’s) march from the Bay Street Armoury to Victoria City Hall where they will invoke their right to the Freedom of the City.

April 8, from 6pm-9pm on Saturday evening, Fort Rodd Rill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site is planning a FREE and unforgettable salute to Vimy Ridge. Visitors will feel the ground tremble as they witness a 100-round rapid-fire salute by the guns of the 5th (BC) Field Artillery Regiment. The event will include the unveiling of a bronze plaque honouring General Sir Arthur Currie. There will also be a military band, re-enactors, historical presentations, crafts and hot chocolate around a campfire.

6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Activities: Listen to music by the 5th (BC) Field Regiment, RCA Band and stories by historians and local military re-enactors, do commemorative crafts and enjoy hot chocolate around a campfire.

8:00 p.m. – Ceremony: Official speeches, a colour party from Royal Canadian Legion Branch 91 and a tribute to Victoria’s own General Sir Arthur Currie.

8:30 p.m. – 100-round rapid fire-barrage: by the guns of the 5th Field Regiment, RCA.

Admission to this evening event is FREE. Shuttle services provided from the Juan the Fuca de Fuca Park-and-ride (Ocean Blvd and Hwy 1A).
Be prepared for very loud gun shot noises. Pets are not allowed on site.

April 9, Sunday,10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vimy celebrations continue as the Bay Street Armoury is welcoming the public to a free open house and commemoration event. Over 30 military units, regimental-family organizations, cadet units, veterans’ organizations, museums, archives, community heritage and history groups will participate with displays. Musical performances will take place during the day and there will be a traditional tea party with costumes, food and music from the Great War Era.

The guest of honour, Brigadier General (ret’d) J.E.L. Gollner will receive the salute at 12:30pm. The music and narrative commemoration event beginning at 2:45 pm will take guests from the beginning of the First World War, through the Battle of Vimy Ridge, to the dedication of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in 1936. It will illuminate the significance both the battle and memorial continue to have for Canadians.

This major First World War battle was a defining moment for Canada with special significance here in Victoria. As commander of Canada’s 1st Infantry Division, Major-General Arthur Currie played a leading role in planning, rehearsing and conducting the battle that led to a stunning victory. While living in Victoria, Currie had been commanding officer of the 5th (BC) Field Artillery Regiment. He went on to become commanding officer of the 50th Gordon Highlanders which became part of the 16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish) at the beginning of the First World War.

For information on the Parks Canada event at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse NHS

Robyn Sealy – 250-478-5135 – Robyn.sealy@pc.gc.ca
Sophie Lauro – 250-478-6481 – sophie.lauro@pc.gc.ca

For information on the event at the Bay St Armouory
John Azar – 250-595-3407 – Western Front Association – Pacific Coast Branch – jazar@wfapacificcoast.org

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Howitzer to mark 100th Anniv. of the Battle of Vimy Ridge #yyj #vimy100

To commemorate the Battle of Vimy Ridge four Howitzers will fire a 100-round salute from the waterfront near Fort Rodd Hill beginning at 8:30 p.m. on April 8, 2017.

The four C3 105-mm Howitzers will fire blank ammunition every 15 seconds until the salute is completed, a process that should take just over six minutes. The guns have been timed to mark the beginning of the artillery barrage that started the First World War battle 100 years ago at 5:30 a.m. Central European Time (CET) on April 9, 1917 near Vimy, France.

The public is reminded that no unauthorized person may enter the Howitzer’s surrounding area.

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