From Vimy to Kandahar, all sacrifice is sacred

On the eve of Vimy 100, former Chief of Defence Staff General (ret.) Rick Hillier, wrote an opinion piece for the Globe and Mail. In it, he shared his unique perspective on what the Battle of Vimy Ridge meant for Canada and how it helped to form the nation we know today.

General Hillier also wrote about the importance of not only paying tribute to those who fought in Vimy, but also to the brave men and women who are serving today’s generation. He encourages Canadians to honour serving members, Veterans and their families by supporting organizations like TPL.

“This is an exciting year for our great nation: Not only is it Canada’s 150th birthday, it is the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. At 0530 hours on April 9, 1917, Canadian soldiers, wonderfully prepared for this battle, emerged from tunnels and attacked through snow, mud, barbed wire, machine-gun fire and artillery barrages. By noon, most of Vimy Ridge had been captured, something no other nation had been able to do.”

To read General Hillier’s op-ed, click here.