Vimy Ridge Day in Canada Date in the current year: April 9, 2016

Vimy Ridge Day in Canada April 9 is Vimy Ridge Day in Canada. This annual observance commemorates the death of Canadian Corps soldiers during World War I Battle of Vimy Ridge.

Vimy Ridge Day is not a public holiday. It's a memorial day that was introduced in 2003 and since then it's been observed annually.

Battle of Vimy Ridge took place from 9 till 12 April, 1917 in France. The battle mainly was between the Canadian Corps and the German Sixth Army. During the battle the Canadian Corps lost 3, 598 soldiers, 7,004 were wounded. Four members of the Canadian Corps received Victoria Crosses, the highest military decoration to British and Commonwealth forces.

Vimy Ridge Day is observed with small ceremonies, including laying of wreaths, that usually takes place at the Canadian National War Memorial in Ottawa. The same ceremonies takes place in France at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial and other areas across Canada. By law, the Canadian flag is lowered to half-mast on the Peace Tower of Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

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