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Article / May 14, 2015

Members of 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (2 PPCLI) formally recognized the Regiment's sacrifices and celebrated Canadian accomplishments during a somber service at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial on May 10th, 2015.

The iconic and often feted Vimy Memorial is one of the most impressive war monuments in the world, provided a magnificent backdrop for the Regimental service.  Guests of honour included The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Colonel-in-Chief of PPCLI, Lieutenant-General (Retired) Ray Crabbe, Colonel of the Regiment PPCLI, and Mr. Graeme Clark, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Canada, Paris.

As Princess Patricia's, we can be proud of the contributions of the Canadian Corps in capturing the ridge on what has become synonymous with the coming of age of our Nation,”  said Madame Clarkson.  “It is wonderful to see this memorial so extensively restored. It is a beautiful material tribute to the courageous intangible sacrifices of all our soldiers here.”   

Prior to the service, members of 2 PPCLI participated in a historical battlefield study of the Vimy sector where they had the opportunity to follow a guided tour of the subway (tunnels) and trenches, visiting the final resting place of fallen Patricias and gaining an appreciation of the fortified German positions that were taken when Canadians stormed Vimy Ridge in April 1917.

Overall, the experience was spectacular, from the monument to the veterans shouting out three cheers for the Regiment at the ceremony,”   said Master Corporal Mackenzie Murphy, 2 PPCLI.  “After standing on the trench line and seeing the front lines being less than 100 meters apart, it really allowed one to imagine what was going on in the minds of soldiers at Vimy.” 

On Easter morning, April 9, 1917, as part of the 7th Infantry Brigade within the 3rd Canadian Division, the PPCLI attacked approximately 500 meters south of the memorial along the 14-kilometer long Vimy Ridge. The hard-fought victory was swift, but did not come without a cost. Out of 10,602 casualties 3,598 Canadians gave their lives.

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