Local ceremonies held to mark historic Vimy battle
As thousands have turned out in a heartfelt display of thanks to Canada and the Canadian soldiers who fought and died at Vimy Ridge exactly a century ago, local ceremonies were held as well.
At Woodland Cemetery, a sunrise service was held at the Veterans Section of the Cemetery.
People started arriving at 5:30 a.m. and more than 300 were on hand for the service start at 7 a.m., said Woodland manager Paul Culliton.
"I feel the need to (have a ceremony)," he said. "Given the number of soldiers buried at Woodland who were at Vimy and those memorialized on stones."
The Vimy attack began at 5:30 am. By 6:25 am., the 1st, 2nd. & 3rd. Canadian Divisions reported capturing their first objectives. By sunrise, at 7 a.m., parts of the 2nd. objective were completed.
For many it would be their last sunrise. By the end of battle, 3,598 were dead and 7,004 wounded.
At Woodland, a maple leaf tree was dedicated to mark the 100th anniversary.
A tribute from the air was also held in London as Waterloo Warbirds did a formation flyover of Vimy Ridge Park, for another ceremony.
And at Remembrance Gardens, the Remember November 11 Association dedicated a new Memorial Stone to mark the sacrifices made in the historic battle.