It was a sea of dark green across Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery today, where nearly 400 young cadets paid tribute to those who fought in northern France.
They were joined by veterans and Minister of Defence Harjit Sajjan, honouring those who fought in one of Canada’s defining moments of the first world war: the battle of Vimy Ridge, 99 years ago.
Sajjan says the day is not just about commemorating a battle, but also to put into perspective what people have today.
“The folks who are here today, lying here before us, a long time ago they walked the same streets in areas as we did, and when you put that into perspective, that they, a day at time, went and gave the ultimate sacrifice so that now we, when we walk around is because of them.”
He added that it was particularly special to see the moment being marked by young people.
“This is the act of remembrance that’s needed, it’s beyond just a ‘hey, it’s a certain day we have to do this.’ What you see here is that sense of appreciation that they actually have.”
3,600 Canadians lost their lives at Vimy Ridge.