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OPINION... Vimy must never be forgotten
Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 11 Apr 2007, p. 6

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As defining moments go, Vimy Ridge is arguably Canada's turning point as a nation. Only 50 years young as an independent country in 1917, the battle at Vimy was Canada's coming out as a nation. The 30,000 Canadian soldiers who scored a stunning military victory over the Germans-- where British and French troops failed earlier-- forever changed the way the world viewed our country. It was, perhaps, our finest moment. "Every nation has a creation story. The First World War and the battle of Vimy Ridge are central to the story of our nation," said Prime Minister Stephen Harper at Monday's ceremony in France to mark the 90th anniversary of the battle. Approximately 500,000 Canadians fought in The Great War and 3,500 gave their lives at Vimy Ridge on April 9, 1917. However, with each passing year the memory of Vimy Ridge and its significance to this country's history is fading. Only two Canadian veterans from that war are still alive today and their sons and daughters, many who served in the Second World War, are, on average, 86 years old. That is why it is important that ceremonies like Monday's-- and remembrance tours such as the one Independent & Free Press staff writer/photographer Ted Brown is part of-- continue. Today's youngsters should not only be told about Vimy Ridge, but come to understand its importance to this nation's history. For decades Canada's veterans-- of all wars-- have proudly kept alive the memory of the sacrifices our soldiers have made. With only 200,000 war veterans still alive and more than 300 dying each week, it is time now for today's generation to step forward and assume the responsibility for keeping that memory alive. Surely, it is not a task too onerous, considering the one our forefathers at Vimy not only endured, but also conquered.

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OPINION... Vimy must never be forgotten