Battle of Vimy Ridge parade to form up on Victoria Street

Harry Sullivan
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TRURO – The parade for Saturday’s Battle of Vimy Ridge ceremony will form up on Victoria Street in front of the Boys and Girls Club.

The original formation was to take place in front of the former fire hall on Young Street but the location was changed because the Farmers’ Market now is open in that location.

The parade formation is to begin at 10:30 a.m. with a ceremony to follow at the Truro Centotaph at 11 a.m.

The service marking the 97th anniversary of the battle is to include participants from the Truro branch of the Royal Canadian Legion and will involve the laying of a memorial wreath, tributes, prayers and a military service address on Vimy Ridge by Rod Norrie.

The Battle of Vimy Ridge commenced at 5:30 a.m. on April 9, 1917 with the first attack wave of the Canadian Corps when some 20,000 men rose as one out of their trenches under very adverse weather conditions.

The battle resulted in the deaths of 3,598 Canadian soldiers and 10,602 who were wounded.

 

Organizations: Royal Canadian Legion, Canadian Corps

Geographic location: Vimy Ridge, Victoria Street, Young Street Truro

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