Kingstonians Commemorate 100th Anniversary of Vimy Ridge

Hundreds of Kingstonians attended the service at City Park on Sunday morning to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge.

Brigadier General Paul Rutherford oversaw the military parade that marched from City Hall to the Park around 10:00 a.m.

Service members from CFB Kingston, RMC, and a contingent of troops clad in First World War period uniforms took part in the hour and half long ceremony that included a speech from Mayor Bryan Paterson, a cannon salute, and the releasing of carrier pigeons.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in France for a Vimy Ridge Ceremony on Sunday along with members of the British Royal Family.

On Monday, Trudeau heads to Juno Beach where thousands of Canadian soldiers stormed ashore into northern France alongside British and American troops during the invasion of Normandy in June of 1944.