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Stan Hampton, nephew of fallen Vimy Ridge soldier, Isaac Hampton, laid a wreath at the foot of the Cenotaph.
RCL Branch 77 and Ladies Auxiliary Colour Guards marching into Cenotaph Park on April 9 for the Vimy Ridge Service.
Lakefield Legion, Branch 77 marked 100th Anniversary of Vimy Ridge
April 14, 2017
BY TERRY GILLIS
One hundred years ago on April 9, 1917, the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) stormed Vimy Ridge. Over 100,000 Canadians from coast to coast and all segments of society took part in the 3 day long battle that would leave a lasting imprint on our history.
The final Allied objective, a fortified knoll located outside the village of Givenchy-en-Gohelle, fell to the Canadian Corps on April 12. The German forces then retreated to the Oppy–Méricourt line.
The battle was the first occasion when all four divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force participated in a battle together.
a reputation as formidable, effective troops because of the stunning success. The victory came at a high price, with more than 10,000 killed (3,598) and wounded.
To underscore the sacrifices made by Canada, which suffered 60,000 fatalities during the First World War, France granted Canada 107 hectares of land at Vimy to build and maintain a memorial. That iconic site is today considered one of the most stirring of all First World War monuments, and certainly Canada’s most important war memorial.
In honour of the 100th Anniversary of Vimy Ridge, on a warm and sunny Sunday afternoon (April 9, 2017) the Lakefield Legion Branch 77 held a special service, which was officiated by Rev. Warren Vollmer, at Cenotaph Park in Lakefield.
After marching briefly along Bridge Street into the park, the Lakefield Legion and Ladies Auxiliary Colour Guards stood at attention while Stan Hampton, nephew of fallen Vimy Ridge soldier, Isaac Hampton, laid a wreath at the foot of the Cenotaph. WWII Veteran and Lifetime Branch 77 member John Bannon also laid a wreath on Sunday.
Following the service, RCL Branch 77 President, Jim Marsden invited attendees back to the Legion for refreshments.