Ceremonies to mark 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge

Nova Scotia's deputy premier is among the Atlantic Canadians attending this weekend's ceremonies marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

Diana Whalen is travelling to France with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to attend the commemorative ceremony Sunday.

The Battle of Vimy Ridge lasted four days.

It saw four Canadian divisions fight together as a unified fighting force for the first time, and while Canada suffered heavy casualties during the battle – some 10,000 were killed or wounded – the victory over German forces is regarded as a turning point in Canadian military history.

Locally, a ceremony to mark the anniversary will take place at the Truro Cenotaph at 11 a.m.

With files from The Canadian Press