Battle of Vimy Ridge remembered in Truro

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TRURO – Essie Teed couldn’t help but get teary-eyed as she thought of others during a Battle of Vimy Ridge remembrance ceremony in Truro on Saturday.

The Belmont resident shed a few tears at the thought of what thousands of Canadians and their families endured during the battle, which took place 97 years ago.

“This was a great tribute. A lot of people lost their families and people don’t seem to remember. I don’t think people realize what it did to families and what they went through,” said Teed. “We complain about the weather but they had (horrible) conditions and the rats,” she said wiping a tear from her eye.

Members of the Royal Canadian Legion, Truro branch, and local cadet corps participated in the ceremony at the Truro Cenotaph in the rain on Saturday morning. The gathering included laying of memorial wreath, tributes, prayers, a march past and a brief recollection of the historical event.

The Battle of Vimy Ridge took place during the First World War, when 100,000 Canadian soldiers took Vimy Ridge from the Germans in a siege lasting from April 9 to 12, 1917. Many see the battle as the moment Canada gained its identity as its own country and it was the first time the four divisions of the Canadian Corps fought together. However, 3,598 men were killed and 10,602 were injured.     

Elroy Geddes, 80, of Valley, spent 28 years as a military engineer, working throughout Canada and in Europe. He was pleased to participate in the ceremony on the weekend, however, he wished more citizens had attended. There were an estimated 50 people from the public there.

“I’m proud to be a Canadian, and having served in the military for so long I hope people don’t forget,” the importance of these battles, Geddes said.

“It isn’t very nice … but it’s not the best day for it,” weather-wise, Geddes said of the attendance.

One youth who wouldn’t miss the ceremony was Emily Goodwin, a master warrant officer with the 1 Battalion Nova Scotia Highlanders. Goodwin was one of the people who placed a wreath at the Cenotaph on Saturday.

“It feels really good,” to be a part of the event, Goodwin said. “It’s important for youth to carry on the tradition and to give back. It shows we are citizens to (this community) and Canada.”

The Army Cadets of Canada also supported the ceremony in Truro as well as multiple other similar ceremonies throughout the country on the weekend.

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Twitter: tdnMonique

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TRURO – Essie Teed couldn’t help but get teary-eyed as she thought of others during a Battle of Vimy Ridge remembrance ceremony in Truro on Saturday.

The Belmont resident shed a few tears at the thought of what thousands of Canadians and their families endured during the battle, which took place 97 years ago.

“This was a great tribute. A lot of people lost their families and people don’t seem to remember. I don’t think people realize what it did to families what they went through,” said Teed. “We complain about the weather but they had (horrible) conditions and the rats,” she said wiping a tear from her eye.

Members of the Royal Canadian Legion, Truro branch, and local cadet corps participated in the ceremony at the Truro Cenotaph in the rain on Saturday morning. The gathering included laying of the memorial wreath, tributes, prayers, a march past and a brief recollection of the historical event.

The Battle of Vimy Ridge took place during the First World War, when 100,000 Canadian soldiers took Vimy Ridge from the Germans in a siege lasting from April 9 to 12, 1917. Many see the battle as the moment Canada gained its identity as its own country and it was the first time the four divisions of the Canadian Corps fought together. However, 3,598 men were killed and 10,602 were injured.

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Organizations: Royal Canadian Legion, Canadian Corps

Geographic location: Vimy Ridge, Truro, Canada

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