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Important information about commemorative events in Canada (April 2017)

Government of Canada Events

The Government of Canada is committed to marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the First World War. In honour of this significant anniversary, commemorative events are being planned on April 8 and 9 at the National War Memorial in Ottawa.

A Government of Canada delegation consisting of Veterans, youth and stakeholders will also gather in Ottawa to participate in commemorative programming between April 6 and 9, 2017.

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Ottawa event information

Saturday, April 8
7:30 p.m. EST

  • Overnight Vigil
  • Candlelight Tribute
  • Illumination
  • Musical Performances

Join us at the National War Memorial for an evening of remembrance. The overnight vigil will honour the Canadian soldiers who waited in the cold, wet tunnels and trenches on the night of April 8, 1917, for the Battle of Vimy Ridge to begin. During the ceremony, the public will be invited to help place 3,598 candles at the base of the Memorial to represent the Canadian lives lost during the battle. Once the ceremony has finished, an illumination depicting Vimy imagery will be projected for public viewing. Visitors will be able to witness the grandeur of the monument and observe the ideals that the Canadian National Vimy Memorial represents. The illumination will remain until midnight.

Sunday, April 9
8:30 a.m. EST

  • 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge commemorative ceremony

Be there to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge at the Government of Canada signature ceremony in Ottawa. The official commemorative ceremony will begin with sentries being posted at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, as part of the National Sentry Program, and will be followed by musical and theatrical performances, as well as an Indigenous smudging ceremony.

Parks Canada events

Parks Canada is hosting commemorative events and activities at National Historic Sites across Canada to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

Halifax Citadel
Sunday, April 9, 2017
Fort York
April 8 and 9, 2017
Fort Rodd Hill
Saturday, April 8, 2017

Community Events

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