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Youth Candlelight Tribute for the 94th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge – A Ceremony by Youth for Youth
OTTAWA, April 7, 2011 – On Friday, April 8, 2011, high school students from across Canada, enrolled in the Encounters with Canada’s program representing the youth of our nation and the Royal Canadian Army Cadets, will lead a candlelight tribute at the National War Memorial at 7:00 p.m. Together with young people from France, they will pledge not to forget this important historical moment before the Governor General of Canada, His Excellency, the Right Honourable David Johnston, Veterans Affairs Canada's and several other senior officials.
Vimy: Canada's Coming of Age is one of Encounters with Canada’s theme weeks, launched for a second consecutive year in conjunction with The Vimy Foundation. Over 130 young Canadians, aged 14 to 17, from every corner of the country, travelled to Ottawa to recognize this great achievement in Canadian history and to learn more about the significance of the Battle of Vimy Ridge to Canadian identity.
Throughout the week, Encounters with Canada’s participants have been making intensive preparations for this ceremony at the Terry Fox Canadian Youth Centre in Ottawa. Along with their peers, they will play a prominent role. One participant has been selected to recite the Commitment to Remember in French; some students will present remembrance reflections developed over the course of the week, while others will lay floral wreaths with veterans before the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
The ceremony will end with these young Canadians placing lighted candles to pay tribute. Members of the Royal Canadian Army Cadets will remain at the Memorial to participate in a nightlong vigil until the Vimy Day commemorative ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m. on April 9.