One hundred years ago today, the four day Battle Of Vimy Ridge began in France as part of the First World War. Canadian soldiers took the ridge together, with over ten thousand of them killed or wounded during the assault. The victory is considered a threshold moment for Canada as a nation. Today a massive limestone monument resides at the battlefield, designed by Canadian sculptor Walter Allward. It seems appropriate on this day to feature the National War Memorial here in Ottawa, unveiled in 1939 to commemorate the over 60 000 dead of that war, but since then dedicated to Canadians who have served in all wars and during peacetime. The Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier, placed here in 2000, contains the remains of an unknown Canadian soldier who fell at Vimy Ridge. An official delegation is attending a ceremony at the Vimy battlesite today in France, and there is to be a ceremony here today commemorating the occasion, which I plan on attending. As well, last night a candlelight vigil was scheduled to be held here, so odds are I will have attended that, and I hope to have coverage of all of it in tomorrow's post (or posts). There are also events across the nation in many cities and towns commemorating the occasion, so if you're Canadian, check that list out if you see this early enough in the day. And have a look at this 2007 video of the Warriors Lament at Vimy Ridge. Sierra Noble is a Canadian Metis musician.