This was the day – back in 1917 that Canada became a Nation instead of a Dominion. The occasion was the Battle of Vimy Ridge in northern France, when Canadian troops took heavily fortified German positions where waves of British and French soldiers had failed. The victory came at a terrible price; over six days of intense fighting, 3,598 Canadians died and 7,004 were wounded.
The battle began on 9th of April and ended on the 12th in Canadian victory.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Battle of Vimy Ridge last year, Legion Magazine, Canada’s Ultimate Story and William Shatner told the story of this important First World War battle. The victory at Vimy was a defining event for Canada and the battle has come to signify the birth of Canada as a nation.