99 years ago, all four divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Corps participated in a battle together for the first time in World War One: This battle is today known as the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The Canadians were attempting to accomplish a feat both the British and French had failed to accomplish; to capture the Ridge and secure the high ground to allow an advance to the South. The Battle of Vimy Ridge has taken on strong symbolic meaning for Canada. The Battle is a matter of national pride, and in the words of Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan, was truly nation building.
-FCpl Derek Strangway