Vimy Commemoration Events
An invitation to ALL ARMY CADETS (ages 14-17)
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The Vimy Pilgrimage Award
In recognition of young people who demonstrate outstanding service, positive contributions, notable deeds, bravery or leadership, the Vimy Foundation has created the Vimy Pilgrimage Award. Exceptional Canadian youth – ages 14 to 17 – who have served their peers, schools, communities, province or country are eligible. The Award consists of a fully funded, week-long educational program in Europe to study Canada’s tremendous First World War effort. Scheduled in early April during Vimy week, the program will include classroom education and daily field trips to significant WWI sites and memorials.
For application and nomination forms please visit www.vimyfoundation.ca/pilgrimage-award.
The submission deadline for the Vimy Pilgrimage Award is midnight, November 11th.
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A Cadet’s Diary of her Experience in Vimy
Read about Cadet Master Warrant Officer Taylor Hope’s account of her experience while travelling to Vimy Ridge as one of the winners of the Beaverbrook prize. The Beaverbrook Vimy Prize competition is the Vimy Foundation’s flagship program. Providing young students with a historical perspective second to none, the annual scholarship brings together youth from Canada, the United Kingdom and France, so that they can better appreciate the intertwined history of their three nations and come to understand the bravery and sacrifice of war. For further information visit : www.vimyfoundation.ca
Cadet Taylor Hope is a member of the 1849 Lorne Scott’s Army Cadet Corps in Orangeville, Ontario.
In her own words:
As we commence the 2012-13 training year, I appreciate much the opportunity to acknowledge the contribution that so many people have made to the Canadian Cadet Movement.
In particular, I continue to be impressed with our Army Cadets, their work ethic, their successes, and their optimism. It is a maxim that our Cadets are the future of this country. So many former Cadets are today Canada’s leaders and I remain confident that this outcome will continue.
The officers of the Cadet Instructors Cadre (CIC) and all members of the Cadet Organization Administration Services (COATs) members contribute mightily to the success of the Canadian Cadet Movement. I have observed from CIC leadership a significant dedication and initiative rarely witnessed in other youth programs. I must offer my thanks – and admiration.
Many other community volunteers contribute to the success of the program. Volunteers within Parent Support Committees, community Sponsors, the Royal Canadian Legion, ANAVETS, and branches of the Army Cadet League of Canada all work seamlessly together to support the 18 443 Army Cadets parading in 427 Army Cadet Corps across Canada and the North. The program would not be possible without the commitment of so many people.
I would also congratulate Cadet Master Warrant Officer Kyle Ryan of 1913 (Oshawa) RCACC on his selection as Canada’s top Army Cadet for 2011 and winner of the MGen Walsh Sword. And Julie LeBlanc of the 560 Moncton RCACC for her selection as the 2012 Walsh Award Winner.
Best wishes for a most successful training year.
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June 14, 2012
Vimy Ridge tour a ‘wonderful experience’ for cadets
News Vimy Ridge tour a ‘wonderful experience’ for cadets by Jessica Cunha.
A special visit at the Senate for Army Cadets: Vimy Ridge Day
The Army Cadet League of Canada
Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, as His Honour mentioned, we have special guests here today. They are guests of mine and guests of yours, and they are great Canadians. They are accompanied by my old friend Don McCumber, who is President of the Ontario branch of the Army Cadet League of this country.
I am so pleased, Senator Marshall, that your side and our side have agreed to put these pins on. It is very important. Their presence here today is part of a lead-up to Vimy Ridge Day on April 9. The Army Cadet League is a national program that offers 12- to 18-year-olds opportunities to take part in challenging outdoor activities to help them become responsible, healthy members of their communities.
The cadets also participate in a special educational program, introduced just last year, focusing on the Battle of Vimy Ridge. This historic battle took place in 1917, almost 100 years ago, but its significance and the courage of those Canadian soldiers who were there is as relevant today as ever.
With knowledge about the contributions that our soldiers have made to ensure our freedom, today’s young generation will be ready to pass the torch of remembrance to future generations. The cadets who complete this program receive the Vimy Pin, which is produced by the Vimy Foundation to commemorate and build awareness of this important military event. The Vimy Foundation has generously offered to provide these pins to all of us. If you have not received a pin, we have a few more. Please let us know, and I will see that you get one. If you would like to know more about the design of the pin, you will find lots of interesting information on the Vimy Foundation’s website.
I want to thank the foundation and the members of the Ontario Army Cadet League for their being with us today and for their efforts to ensure that we remain mindful of the acts of courage that have helped to shape this country.
Cadets, I have a few personal memories. I will keep them brief. When I was a national reporter, I covered a major anniversary of Vimy Ridge. It was 1987. Many veterans were at the ceremony. As a foreign correspondent, I have never been more moved than by listening to their stories � the living stories at that time � at the site which defined Canada as a nation.
Right here in the Senate, we had a senator whose father fought at Vimy. The late Senator Atkins’ dad had a diary of that day in which he described his experiences in typical soldier fashion. The entry from Sergeant George Atkins simply reads:
Put over a barrage this morning 5 a.m. The Canadians took Vimy Ridge aflying, took a lot of prisoners.
Simple as that.
Only a couple of years ago, Senator Atkins said this about his dad:
My father taught me a great deal about values, ethics, loyalty to a cause, and loyalty to one’s beliefs. He was so proud of his country and its people.
Cadets, I believe these are the words that should guide you. We shall never forget Vimy.
Visitors in the Gallery
The Hon. the Speaker: Honourable senators, I wish to draw your attention to the presence in the gallery of a delegation of army cadets, along with representatives of the Army Cadet League of Canada (Ontario), the Canadian Forces, the Ontario Legion Provincial Command and the Vimy Foundation of Canada. They are guests of the Honourable Senator Munson.
On behalf of all senators, I welcome you to the Senate of Canada.
Hon. Senators: Hear, hear.
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The Sudbury Star
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- Bound for Vimy Ridge
Alberta Daily Herald Tribune
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- Hometown heroes, By CAROL MULLIGAN, THE SUDBURY STAR
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The Royal Canadian Army Cadets Vimy Commemoration Project
We have dedicated this section to highlighting the Vimy Commemoration Project in which you will find preliminary information. At this time we have included a PowerPoint presentation which explains our intentions with this initiative. Within the presentation you will find some historical information of the battle of Vimy but more importantly ideas to guide you on this project and how you can get involved within your community.
You will find below, a series of website links to research information about the battle, other commemoration initiatives, historical information and more. We have also included the advertisement that is published in the November issue of Esprit de Corps – Canadian Military magazine, currently available at various news stands across the country.
Note that this site will be updated regularly as more material becomes available for you.
Within the following sites you will find various additional resources and links you can use for this project:
- The Vimy Foundation: www.vimyfoundation.ca
- The Royal Canadian Legion: www.legion.ca
- Encounters with Canada: www.ewcfrdc.ca
- Veterans Affairs: www.veterans.gc.ca
- For more specific information on the military history and the veteran’s unique experience, visit the section called Records and Collections using this link: http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/collections
- For information regarding the various Affiliated units and historical facts relating to them visit: http://regimentalrogue.com
- To match your affiliated unit to the numbered Battalion in WWI Canadian Expeditionary Force visit: http://regimentalrogue.com/cef_perpetuation/cef_infantry_1-50.htm
- To research individuals from your community who have fought in WWI visit: www.ancestry.ca
- The Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans in Canada: www.anavets.ca
- For additional information about Canada’s military heritage, you can visit: www.waramps.ca/military/home.html or the veterans site (above).
- Heritage Canada: www.heritagecanada.org
- The Letters and Images project: www.canadianletters.ca and www.youtube.com/CdnLetters
- Lest We Forget Project: Cenotaph Research: http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/education/cenotaph/index-e.html
- Canadian Genealogy Centre: http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/genealogy/022-909-e.html
- You may order the following: “Vimy Ridge – The Soldiers’ Story” DVD available for purchase from www.mcnabbconnolly.ca (available in English only) Item Code: Hist40_DVD_HU ”Vimy Ridge – The Soldiers’ Story” @ $19.96 + shipping handling and taxes = $36.68 CDA. You may also forward your orders to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please specify that you are ordering this items for the use of a cadet corps.
Read what is happening across Canada:
- Ontario – 613 Army Cadets are going to Vimy Ridge
- Ontario – Summary of Vimy Plans To Date
- Saskatchewan – Activities Planned in Saskatchewan
- Saskatchewan – More on Saskatchewan activities
You may find several historical clips about the Battle of Vimy Ridge on You Tube. The following are sample clips of the movie that will be viewed during the Remembrance events that are being organized in Regina Saskatchewan.
- Vimy Ridge: Heaven to Hell part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymvjpoBoyrs
- Vimy Ridge: Heaven to Hell part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YI3UsybMZXk&feature=related
- Vimy Ridge: Heaven to Hell part 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCnN6FFmQVU&feature=related
By searching You Tube using keywords relating to the Battle you will find many other interesting and educational clips.
The material provided within this section should only be used as guidelines or suggestions to assist and support you for this project. We will continue to provide further ideas, material and various resources for your research as they become available. The Army Cadet League does not intend to restrict your ideas or initiatives, instead our goal is to enhance your possibilities to make this Commemoration project come to life in 2011 and each year thereafter.
Your feedback is valuable to us; feel free to forward any ideas, suggestions, questions or concerns by e-mail to email@example.com.
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