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News Release - Manitoba

April 9, 2019

MANITOBA RECOGNIZES NATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE OF THE BATTLE OF VIMY RIDGE



In Manitoba, the Maple Leaf and the flag of Manitoba are being flown at half-mast at the Legislative Building today from sunrise to sunset, marking the national day of remembrance of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, Jon Reyes, special envoy for military affairs, announced today.
 
“Today, we commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge where the bravery, courage and sacrifices made by our soldiers – Canada’s soldiers – played a vital role in the freedom that all of us can so easily take for granted every day of our lives,” said Reyes.  “We as Canadians will forever thank them for their service.”

Over 61,000 Manitobans served overseas in the First World War and nearly 8,000 of them died.  Their sacrifice is memorialized at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial.

“As we reflect today, we remember the thousands of Canadians who gave their lives far from Canada’s shores,” said Reyes.  “We pay tribute to the soldiers who fought a pivotal battle that has left an indelible mark on our history, and thank every Canadian who has answered the call to serve with selflessness and sacrifice.
 
“Let us never forget.”
 

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