Halifax ceremony marks final Great War push known as Canada's Hundred Days

One hundred years Wednesday, the 100,000-strong Canadian Corps began what would be the last great offensive of the First World War.

The final push through Belgium and France that became known as Canada's Hundred Days was commemorated Wednesday at a monument on the Halifax waterfront.

Ken Hynes, curator of the Army Museum in Halifax, says during the last 100 days of the war Canadian troops were ``consistently in the vanguard of advancing Allied armies'' and confirmed their reputation as some of the best shock troops in the British Expeditionary Force.

But, Hynes says that reputation came at an enormous price - with more than 45,000 men killed, wounded, or missing in action during the last 100 days of the war.

During the ceremony, a commemorative panel was unveiled that completes two so-called ``portals of remembrance.''

Created by Nova Scotia artist Nancy Keating, the portals include the Last Steps Memorial Arch in Halifax and the Canada Gate near Passchendaele in Belgium.