Global News, November 9, 2014: “More Canadians plan to attend Remembrance Day ceremonies: poll

Almost three in 10 Canadians say they plan to attend a Remembrance Day ceremony this year, according to a new poll.

That number is higher than last year and has been steadily rising for more than a decade, says Jeremy Diamond, executive director of The Vimy Foundation. Five years ago, around 18 per cent of Canadians surveyed said they would attend a service.

The poll, done by Ipsos Reid for The Vimy Foundation and released to Global News, found that 27 per cent of those asked planned to attend a service this year.

Click here to read the full story on Global News, including poll results about attitudes on a November 11 national holiday and wearing a poppy.


To mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, the Vimy Foundation hosted an event on October 6, 2014 at the Royal Canadian Military Institute in downtown Toronto, where retired CBC journalist Brian Stewart had a discussion with historian and National Post columnist Conrad Black. The theme of the evening’s conversation was “1914-2014: A Century of Aftershocks.”

The National Post attended this event and printed a transcript of their discussion on October 20, 2014. It has been edited for length and clarity. You can find the text of the article here:


The After Hours page of the Saturday, May 31st edition of the National Post showcases some photos of attendees at the 2014 Vimy Foundation Gala Dinner held May 5th in Toronto at the Fairmont Royal York and presented by Bell Canada. More than 400 business leaders, elected officials, members of the Canadian Forces and students gathered for the second annual Vimy Gala.


The Battle of Vimy Ridge remains an iconic event in Canadian history. Fought from April 9 to 12, 1917, it is celebrated in history books, resonates in popular culture and is firmly lodged in Canadian consciousness. The erection of Walter Allward’s stunning memorial on the ridge in 1936 has ensured that the battlefield remains a site of memory, mourning, victory and commemoration. Thousands of Canadians have made a pilgrimage to the memorial and, over time, despite the dangers of France being overrun during the Second World War and the ravages of weather, it has remained a focal point for Canadian war remembrance. The unveiling of the refurbished memorial in 2007 was accompanied by a pageantry of celebration and pride. The Queen, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and over 3,000 Canadians attended the ceremony, where T-shirts and hats were sold containing the tag line, ‘The birth of a nation.’

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The Vimy Foundation is proud to announce the 2012 winners of the Beaverbrook Vimy Prize, a prestigious scholarship that aims to educate and inspire students through the historic Battle of Vimy Ridge, where Canada came of age and was then recognized on the world stage.

Now in its seventh annual edition, the Beaverbrook Vimy Prize is the Foundation’s flagship program providing students aged 15 to 17 with the unique opportunity to take part in an intensive and rewarding scholarship program in Europe. From August 7 to August 21, 2012, students will participate in educational seminars, visit museums and historic battlefields, gravesites and monuments such as the iconic Vimy War Memorial, while building new relationships with other participants from Canada, the United Kingdom and France, as they learn about history.

“The Vimy Foundation received an overwhelming number of entries from young Canadians eager to learn more about their past and to embark on an adventure that will help shape their future,” said David Houghton, President of The Vimy Foundation. “We are confident that the selected students will help pursue the Vimy Foundation’s mission to preserve and promote Canada’s First World War legacy as symbolized with the victory at Vimy Ridge.”

The winners of the 2012 Beaverbrook Vimy Prize are:

Jean-Michel Athot, Grande-Rivière Ouest, QC

Fahima Begumname, Hamilton, ON

Philippe Brock, Westmount, QC

Alexander Cohen, Ottawa, ON

Justine Cowitz, Calgary, AB

Kailie De Zoysa, Pinner Harrow, UK

Djavan Habel-Thurton, Montreal, QC

Mackenzie Hoskin, Vancouver, BC

Caroline Houriet, Pas-de-Calais, France

Greg Huvenaars, Yellowknife, NT

Seshu Iyengar, Fredericton, NB

Riam Kim-McLeod, Vancouver, BC

Pierre Kochel, Whitehorse, YT

Julien Laurent, Pas-de-Calais, France

Kyra Simone, Niagara on the Lake, ON

Angie Tang, Richmond Hill, ON

Vimy Pin

Leading up to Vimy Week, Beaverbrook Vimy Prize alumni Ian Harrison and Jessica Metuzals present Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, with the newly designed Vimy Pin.

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The 95th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge was commemorated in France:–northumberland-and-durham-students-head-to-vimy-ridge-for-95th-anniversary

And in Ottawa:

Cenotaph, Toronto 95th Anniversary

Intervue avec Nicholas Alexandris

Including the fundraiser at the French Embassy:

And in Toronto:

Cenotaph, Toronto, April 9, 2012


April 8, 7:00 pm National War Memorial, Elgin Street: All-night vigil by Cadets

A wreath-laying and candle light procession took place with the Army Cadet League of Canada and with the support of Veterans Affairs Canada. The ceremony included a parade led by The Army Cadet League of Canada which held an all night vigil at National War Memorial in honor of the battle of Vimy ridge.

April 9, 10:00 am National War Memorial, Elgin Street: Commemoration Event highlighting the 95thAnniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

The Vimy Foundation, in collaboration with EWC and VAC paid tribute in honour and recognition of the 95thAnniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge that helped shape Canada.