Vimy Ridge 10

Vimy Ridge 10 – Photography by Mary Mikawoz
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Vimy Ridge 10

I took this image of Vimy Ridge a number of years ago. My husband, David Atwell, and I have been to Vimy Ridge many times. My husband has been there about six times as Lieutenant Colonel of the Fort Garry Horse Regiment, and I have been there three times. My son now serves with the Fort Garry Horse Regiment as a Captain and he has likewise been to Vimy Ridge. When you are there, even though you are in France, you are actually standing on Canadian soil. 

The last such visit was on a multi-nation bus tour and unfortunately the tour guide did not indicate how important this monument was to the war effort and particularly to Canadians but as a consequence I was able to take pictures were no one else was on the monument at the time.  

This battle was the first time that there was a Canadian Corp under Canadian leadership and they took the ridge despite two other larger attempts that failed. Because of this, the world took notice and Canada was given attention as a nation of people and given a separate identity from the United Kingdom. 

According to Wikipedia, “The Battle of Vimy Ridge was part of the Battle of Arras, in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France, during the First World War.” 

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