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Old 04-09-2007, 08:42 PM   #1
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90th anniversary of Vimy Ridge

Today is the 90th anniversary of Canada's victory at Vimy Ridge during World War I. Considered by many to be the starting point of Canada's nationhood.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Vimy_Ridge

The Vimy Memorial was re-dedicated today in France after being restored to it's original beauty from 1936.

http://www.cbc.ca/photogallery/canada/368/
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Old 04-09-2007, 09:10 PM   #2
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Canadian casualties after 10 days of this battle:

3,598 killed

7,104 wounded
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Old 04-10-2007, 02:13 AM   #3
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http://hogtownfront.blogspot.com/200...-heritage.html

watching the coverage of this on tv today made me pissed off.

canada is the only nation in the world that i know of that airbrushes its history in order to celebrate it.

listening today, you wouldn't have had a clue that the british were there with us even LEADING the way.

argh

pathetic.
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Old 04-10-2007, 02:15 AM   #4
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i should add that while i don't agree with everything the author says, i'm using that article in particular to illustrate my point.

canada owes almost everything it has to britain, but in the last couple of decades, everything has been done to make it sound as though canada's existed independently for 400 years.

...yes, this is a sore spot.
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Interesting. I have never heard of this battle. Thanks for the info and links.
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Old 04-10-2007, 10:29 PM   #6
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i want to hear what my fellow canadians think about what i wrote earlier. i get pretty fired up about it, in case you can't tell...
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Yeah, you know we inherited our common law system from them (not to mention the Constitution), but that gets forgotten. Although I do think that our British "heritage" (not sure exactly how to refer to it) is given more credence in Ontario and the Maritime provinces than in the prairies or out west.
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Isn't Canada hopeless without The Queen?

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Closed per request.

The debate about Britain's role in Canadian history has no place in this thread, which was clearly intended to commemorate Canadian soldiers in WWI. Start another thread if you want to discuss that topic.
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