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Vimy Centennial Illuminations

Vimy Foundation Media Alert

Post Date:04/07/2017
On April 9th, 2017, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Canada’s most famous victory of the First World War – the Battle of Vimy Ridge – multiple sites in Canada are to be illuminated in one or more Vimy colours: green, light blue, dark blue, and red, representing the four Canadian divisions that fought at Vimy Ridge.

At Vimy Ridge, 100 years ago, 100,000 Canadians soldiers gathered for the first time as a united fighting force. Commanded in part by Canadian officers, they achieved the unachievable and took one of the most heavily defended German positions of the entire Western front. It is said by many historians that at Vimy Ridge Canada emerged from a colony to become a nation. It was not simply a battle – it was Canada’s coming of age.

“The Battle of Vimy Ridge has remained such a key part of our collective understanding as a country not only because it was a military victory, but because many of the core Canadian values were a contributing factor to its success: leadership, innovation, teamwork. We are excited that so many important landmarks in our country have agreed to commemorate this important day with us. We hope that people will be curious as to what the colours mean, and that they will want to learn more about Vimy and the important role it played in Canada’s story,” says Jeremy Diamond, Executive Director of the Vimy Foundation.

Sites across Canada illuminated for Vimy Day, April 9th, will include monuments, towers, city halls, bridges, and other historic buildings and important Canadian landmarks, such as:  

CN Tower
Calgary Tower
Campbell House Museum
Canada Place Sails Vancouver
Canadian Museum of Nature (Queen's Lantern)
Charlottetown City Hall Tower
Château Frontenac
City Hall Vancouver
City Hall Whitehorse
Fallsview Casino
Halifax Metro Centre
High Level Bridge (Edmonton)
Humber River Hospital
Legislative Grounds of British Columbia
Mississauga Clock Tower
Montreal City Hall
Ryerson Image Centre
SaskTel Centre
Science World Telus Vancouver
The Prairie Wind Sculpture
The Forks (Winnipeg)
Toronto City Hall Towers

The Vimy Foundation is a charitable foundation whose mission is to preserve and promote Canada’s First World War legacy, best symbolized with the victory at Vimy Ridge in April 1917. To learn more, visit

The Vimy Foundation invites media to help spread the word and significance of the lighting, by photographing the sites, and tagging @vimyfoundation in any social media posts.


Please contact Nadine Grill,, 416-595-1917 ext 5 or 416-453-8102 for further information.

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