Vimy Ridge has always been of huge historical significance for me–it represented the coming-of-age of the Canadian Military, and, as General Rick Hillier might say, was the first visible occasion where Canada’s military ‘punched above its weight.’

For that reason, it’s been a dream of mine to visit Vimy and the other Canadian battlefields in France, from both the First World War and the Second Word War.  Luckily, this year, I’ll be able to make it happen.

Along with my daughter (a Royal Canadian Sea Cadet) and my father we will be traveling to France to visit Paris, Juno Beach & Caen, Dieppe and of course Vimy Ridge–the last spot on Vimy Ridge Day on April 9th.

Most of my recent writings have been about the Royal Canadian Navy, but there will always be a special place in my heart for the Canadian Army–having served in a recce unit in my youth.  In fact, my former unit’s predecessor the Prince Edward Island Light Horse landed as II Canadian Corps Security Company on Juno Beach, June 6th, 1944.

So it is my hope, over the coming week or so, to blog about this trip to France–both as a means to explore a country I’ve never been before, and perhaps highlight some history while I’m at it.  Call it my Vimy Ridge Travelogue.

In the meantime, I would like to share a video from Veterans Affairs which leads into the Vimy Ridge Centennial. (I should also note that the featured image on this post is also from Veterans Affairs Canada)

Cheers,

Sean