Speech by the Governor General of Canada at the Ceremony Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

April 9, 2017

“On this day a century ago, as dawn broke over Vimy Ridge, the morning air suddenly exploded with an unholy roar.

“The noise has been compared to a physical assault, shattering the quiet of daybreak.

“It was the deafening sound of a thousand howitzers, field guns, mortars and mines firing together, in unison.

“It was the sound of 15 000 Canadians charging into battle from tunnels, from trenches and dugouts.”

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