Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced today that he will travel to France from April 8 to 10, 2017, to attend commemorations for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. “The Battle of Vimy Ridge was a turning point in the First World War and for Canada, when Canadians acted- and fought- as one,” Trudeau said.
The battle of Vimy Ridge is documented as the first time four Canadian divisions fought together as one army. It took place April 8-10, 1917.
Trudeau will join His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry, as well as Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, and General Jonathan Vance, Chief of Defence Staff for the Canadian Armed Forces.
Communities across Canada will be marking the anniversary throughout the month.