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I am operating this special event station to commemorate the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
My Grandfather's brother (my Great Uncle) was killed & is buried at the Vimy Memorial
XL7100 is a commemorative Special Event Station which will mark the centenary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, fought in northern France in April 1917. On that occasion, Canadian soldiers fighting as a cohesive unit, succeeded in capturing this strategic point, which had resisted previous French and British attempts to take it.
The long term significance of this victory was not a strategic one, but rather one of national identity. At the time, of WWI Canada was a Dominion of the British Empire, with no power to make its own foreign policy. Nonetheless, Canadian men had flocked to recruiting stations to support "Mother Britain". The Vimy success awakened a sense of national identity in Canadians which has been described as "the moment when Canada leapt in spirit from colony to nation".
After the Great War, France ceded Vimy Ridge to Canada and this parcel of 107 hectares (250 acres), at the top of the Ridge is now a Parks Canada National Historic site, dominated by the monument pictured above. The centenary of the battle will be marked by formal ceremonies on April 9th, 2017, which will be held at the monument's base, and be attended by Heads of State.