Canada came of age as a nation in Battle of Vimy Ridge – The Manitoulin Expositor

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April 13, 2018

M’CHIGEENG—The War Pensioners of Canada (WPC) and the community of M’Chigeeng hosted the 101st anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge at the M’Chigeeng First Nation cenotaph on Friday, April 6.

The Battle of Vimy Ridge was one of the greatest Canadian victories during the First World War, but it came with tremendous sacrifice, with 3,598 Canadian soldiers killed and 100,000 French casualties.

After the call to order by master of ceremonies Colin Pick, president of the War Pensioners of Canada (WPC), and O’Canada sung by all in attendance, the opening prayer was delivered by Rev. Red Butler who expressed gratitude “for this freedom that we enjoy and to acknowledge those who made the ultimate sacrifice.”

Terry Debassige represented the M’Chigeeng First Nation who said, “we are very grateful that you are hosting these ceremonies today and honouring our veterans. In reading some of the names on the cenotaph he said that both “David Migwans and David Debassige were in the battle at Vimy Ridge. They went over in the 114th Native Batallion which was made up mostly of Anishinabek and Six Nations members, but after arriving in England they were dispersed to other units.”

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