Services Commemorate Vimy Day - Video

Video / February 13, 2017 / Project number: 17-0062

(Music playing throughout)

(Black and white footage begins with title page Services Commemorate Vimy Day

Canadian Army Newsreel)

(Scene opens to a distant shot of the Vimy Ridge memorial)

Male voiceover: The 28th anniversary of Vimy Ridge is featured by colourful ceremonies. In Epsom, Surrey, a memorial service is held by the Canadian ex-service men’s associated of Great Britain.

(Cut to a medium shot of soldiers and veterans marching)

Veterans of this war join the boys of the old brigade in remembrance of the gallant Canadian attack in 1917.

(Cut to a medium shot of Major General Wheats climbing a staircase)

Male voiceover: Major General Wheats represents the general staff of the ceremony, held in the shadow of the Epsom cenotaph. Thousands join in the inspiring service conducted by the Vicar of Epsom and Major W. Bailey. They honour the memory of the Canadian Corps, which crashed through a vital pivot of German defence in Vimy Ridge, suffering 13,000 casualties in one month.

(Cut to a shot of a soldier saluting the Epsom cenotaph)

(Cut to a close-up shot of wreaths laid at the base of the cenotaph)

(Cut to a medium shot of 6 soldiers standing at attention and saluting)

(Cut to a wide shot of troops standing at attention)

Male voiceover: Today’s Guard of Honour is provided by the Veterans Guard of Canada.

(Cut to a wide angle shot of troops marching in line to the base of the Vimy Memorial)

(Cut to a medium shot of troops gathered together)

Male voiceover: On Canadian soil in Vimy, France, the great memorial looks down on a parade of commemoration. Mounting guard are troops who liberated the area in 1944, as veterans of both wars join in the march-past.  The main guard is composed of men from every unit in the Canadian Army.

(Cut to a medium shot of soldiers standing at the base of the tomb of the Unknown Soldier)

Male voiceover: On the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, wreaths are laid.

(Cut to a close-up shot of wreaths resting at the base of the tomb of the Unknown Soldier)

(Cut to a distant shot of the Vimy Ridge memorial)

(Cut to a medium shot of soldiers standing at attention, holding flags)

(Cut to a medium shot of members of a military band standing, with the Vimy Ridge memorial in the distance)

Male voiceover: One common ideal is shared by all present – this time the war and the peace will be won by allied veterans.

(Fade to black. Fade to Title reading: Strong. Proud. Ready. Forts. Fiers. Prêts)

(Fade to National Defence Identifier and copyright information. Fade to Canada wordmark.)

 

 

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