Do they even teach about this in school? I took a poll of my two boys, nope.
The fight to take Vimy Ridge cost Canada dearly, but it would become the cornerstone of the nation's image of its place in the world. In four days, 3,600 Canadian soldiers died, another 5,000 were wounded. But the ridge was taken, much of it in the first day. The valour of the troops, the originality of the plan, the success where larger, more established armies had failed, all contributed to a new nation's pride.
The battle was hailed as the first allied success of the long war, achieved mostly due to the innovation of using a creeping, continuous massive artillery barrage to protect squads of advancing troops. Both sides used the tactic in future battles.
I remember standing before memorials when I was growing up, cold, but proud of my country, Canada. Where has that country gone? Most kids got today off, why I don't know, guess the teacher's contract said so. Why weren't they in school learning about our soldiers and their sacrifices?
Our country was born, on the backs of our soldiers, and their families. In four days we lost 3,600 Canadian soldiers on Vimy Ridge, yet today we whine about our losses in Afghanistan. Our soldiers deserve better from us, they deserve true support, not false words, by false politicians.
So, remember who built our country into what it is today, our soldiers, every single one of them, those who died for us and future generations, those who are still living, those who are still fighting.
The media mocked Laureen Harper for crying at the grave of her relative, when she and PM Harper visited Vimy. Dare they mock all of us true Canadians, who cry for what our country was, the courage, bravery and love of country that allowed all those young men to take Vimy Ridge still lives in many Canadian hearts.
God bless our soldiers who sacrificed so much for our country. Oh Canada!