More than 1,000 young Canadians marched through London to the Canada Memorial in Green Park on April 6 to remember Canadian and British soldiers killed in both World Wars. They were joined by Canada's Minister of Veterans Affairs, Steven Blaney, and by the High Commissioner for Canada, Gordon Campbell, who laid wreaths in memory of the fallen.
Following the London ceremony, many of the students travelled to northern France to take part in an event commemorating the 95th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. They were joined there by Governor General David Johnston, who said the site of the World War I battle is hallowed groundthe final resting place of 3,600 men; a much-revered, far-flung patch of Canada some 4,000 kilometres from our closest shore.
During his visit to the UK, Minister Blaney announced that the Government of Canada has contributed $100,000 towards the creation of a Bomber Command Memorial in Londons Hyde Park. The memorial will honour members of the Bomber Command - including the 10,000 Canadians - who lost their lives defending the skies over Europe during World War II.
2012-04-10: Ceremony at the Canadian Memorial in Thelus
2012-04-09: Commemorative Ceremony at the Wellington Quarry
2012-04-09: Remembrance Ceremony in Honour of the 95th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge
2012-04-09: Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the 95th anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge
2012-04-05: Canada provides support for Bomber Command memorial