One just has to say "Vimy Ridge" to any Canadian, and we think of the sacrifices that our fellow countrymen have made in the First World War. And this year. Major Arthur William Currie, grandson of famed Canadian commander, General Arthur Currie, will lead Ottawa-area cadets on a pilgrimage to Vimy Ridge.
The cadets are from the Ottawa unit of the Royal Canadian Dragoons Cadet Corps, and they will see Vimy Ridge today. They will participate in a Remembrance Ceremony organized by the government.
To find out more about the Memorial, please visit http://veterans.gc.ca/eng/feature/vimy-ridge/history.
To learn more about Vimy Ridge, visit the following websites –
Canadian National Vimy Memorial Stone Display www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/memorials/cbmr/wall_stone_display See if your ancestor is on the Memorial.
Canadian War Museum www.warmuseum.ca/home See the events and displays at the museum on Vimy Day.
If you want to find out more about your ancestor in the First World War, Glenn Wright has written an excellent book, Canadians at War 1914-1919: A Research Guide to World War One Service Records. I have used this book many times to help me answer the questions that my clients have about their ancestors in the First World War.
It is available from Global Genealogy at http://globalgenealogy.com/countries/canada/military/resources/101160.htm