Each Sunday we will share a story of Remembrance connected to Vimy.
Before the Armistice of November 11, 1918, Remembrance ceremonies in Canada were held annually on February 27, “Paardeberg Day”, to commemorate a significant Canadian victory of the Second South African War of 1899 – 1902 and its veterans. Just like the November 11 Remembrance Day of today, Canadians gathered at cenotaphs and memorials across the country.
Many of these were the first war memorials to be built in Canada and still stand to this day. The city of Toronto’s South African War Memorial was designed by Walter Allward, the future sculptor of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. With the Armistice of November 11, 1918, observance of Paardeberg Day on February 27 was ultimately absorbed into the annual Remembrance Day ceremonies of November 11 that arose from the First World War.