Canadian and French leaders pay homage to fallen soldiers at Vimy Ridge

Thousands of Canadians made the trip to Vimy for the ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle at Vimy Ridge.

They gathered in the bright sunshine under the soaring pillars of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial.

Governor General David Johnston -- indicating the memorial's white towers -- said the spires stand for peace and for freedom and for justice and hope.

Almost 36-hundred were killed and seven-thousand wounded in the battle.

Ceremonies were held Sunday at legions and cenotaphs across the country, including Truro, where over 300 people gathered at the downtown cenotaph.

Mayor Bill Mills proclaimed April 9th as Vimy Day, and the guest of honour was Nova Scotia Lieutenant Governor, Brigadier-General J.J. Grant (Ret'd).

(With files from The Canadian Press)