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Vimy Ridge Memorial Park

/ 97.3 The Eagle

The B-C government is marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge by contributing to a fund to build a memorial park at the site of the First World War conflict that killed nearly 36-hundred Canadians fighting in northern France. A news release from the Ministry of Finance says 350-thousand dollars will be given to the Vimy Foundation to assist with the construction of Centennial Park. It will be next to the Vimy monument and will include benches, reflective areas and 100 Vimy Oak trees, planted four-deep in a circular pattern representing the four divisions of Canadian Forces that fought together for the first time in the April 1917 battle. B-C soldiers taking part in the Vimy victory included residents of Victoria, Comox, New Westminster, Vernon and northern B-C — and the news release estimates 81 B-C soldiers died in the offensive between April and May 1st, with 47 commemorated on the Vimy Memorial.

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