Friday, July 21, 2017

Vimy Ridge, so close to home



Welcome to episode 17 of the vlog.

In this episode you come with me as I explore the amazing ties that bind the City of Toronto where I live, to the World War I epic battle for Vimy Ridge in France.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the battle, and the 150th anniversary of Canada as a nation. It was as a result of those anniversaries and the press coverage they received that I learned of some very intimate links between the City of Toronto, the battle for Vimy Ridge, and the Vimy Memorial that stands on the battlefield. The battle for Vimy Ridge was a Canadian victory, and, in the fullness of time, it has come to symbolize the point where Canada truly became a nation.

The music for this episode is Phife for life by Otis McDonald, made available courtesy of the YouTube Audio Library. The images Canadian troops on the battlefield and of the Vimy Memorial are from the Canadian War Museum.

Summer is in full swing and there will be much more to come on the vlog, so stay tuned!

4 comments:

  1. Well done, David. Vimy Ridge is not a topic you hear about in German history lessons. Of course we learn about the wars and battles, the politics behind it, and why they could happen, but it's a mere exercise with dates and numbers.

    What a terrible sacrifice on both sides. And despite the experiences of two worlds wars humanity continues to fight and kill each other.

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    1. Sonja we are so blessed not to have experienced anything resembling that horror.

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  2. David,
    I saw this quickly before I left for the west...very nicely done. Thank you!

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