‘A very important marker for Canadian history’: Gathering at Kitchener City Hall commemorates Vimy Ridge

posted Apr 9, 2017, 4:27 PM by 21 Army Cadets Cambridge
CTV Kitchener
Published Sunday, April 9, 2017 5:46PM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, April 9, 2017 6:02PM EDT

Sunday marked the 100th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and veterans, cadets and residents all gathered at Kitchener City Hall to mark the day.

"It's a very important marker for Canadian history because to some people it was the first step in the way Canada formed its own culture and became an independent nation,” said Sgt. Indigo Skinner with the 1596 Royal Highland Fusiliers.

Canada lost 3,600 soldiers and more than 7,000 were injured during those three days. A number of the soldiers who died, were from Waterloo Region.

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Veterans, cadets and residents all gathered at Kitchener City Hall to mark the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge.

Private Clinton Walker was born in Haysville, Ontario. He enlisted April 22,1916 and a year later, the 30-year-old was killed in battle.

Twenty-five-year-old Private William Clark was from Drayton, Ontario. He enlisted om March 25, 1916, and was killed on this day 100 years ago.

Private Herbert Erbach was born in Baden, Ontario and went to war at the end of March 1916. He was killed in action.

"They've changed everything. If the Germans had successfully taken France, the whole history could have changed and everything would be different today," said Skinner.

With reporting from CTV Kitchener’s Allison Tanne

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