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Valeriote travels to Vimy to mark 97th anniversary

Guelph MP Frank Valeriote, who recently became the Liberal party’s veterans’ affairs critic, is travelling to France this week as part of the government delegation going to commemorate the 97th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
The Battle of Vimy Ridge, which lasted from April 9 to April 12, 1917, was the first time all four divisions of the Canadian Corps attacked as a cohesive force. The Canadian National Vimy Memorial, which Valeriote is visiting for the first time, overlooks the battle field on land donated by the French to the people of Canada in perpetuity. The monument honours casualties of the battle, as well as being a lasting tribute to all who served in the First World War.
“When Canadians look back through history to our foundational moments, the Battle of Vimy Ridge stands out as one of the foremost examples of our dedication and courage in the face of terrible circumstances,” Valeriote said in a news release. “It is on that field where many believe a young Canada was born onto the international scene as its own country.”
Valeriote said he was honoured to have a chance to go there and pay his respects. “There is an eternal debt of gratitude we owe to those who have paid so heavy a price – a lesson as relevant now in the wake of the war in Afghanistan as it was when the Vimy monument was first built in the wake of the First World War,” he said.

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