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East York will mark the 100th anniversary of Vimy at April 9 ceremonies

A solider stands at East York Civic Centre Cenotaph on Nov. 11, 2016. -TONY WRIGHT

A solider stands at East York Civic Centre Cenotaph on Nov. 11, 2016. -TONY WRIGHT

The Battle of Vimy Ridge was fought from April 9 – 12, 1917, and marked the first time that the entire Canadian Corps fought together.

Like other communities in Canada, the area that would become East York had its share of participants and suffered losses of loved ones.

To commemorate the historic battle, regarded as the source for Canadian troops’ enduring reputation as fierce and effective fighters, the Royal Canadian Legion Zone D3 will be hosting a special service marking the battle’s centennial at the East York Civic Centre Cenotaph on Sunday, April 9.

A parade will form up behind East York Collegiate Institute on Coxwell at Plains Road starting at 1 p.m. with a parade march commencing at 1:30 from there south to the civic centre at 850 Coxwell Ave. for a 2 p.m. ceremony.

In addition to members of the Legion’s local Todmorden Branch #10 and district representatives, 2 MPs, 1 MPPS and three local councillors are confirmed to attend the event.  A busload of at least ten veterans who reside at the Sunnybrook Hospital’s Veterans Residence Centre will also be joining in following an earlier 10:30 a.m. ceremony taking place at the Legion’s Brigadeer OM Martin Branch #345 at 81 Peard Road.

The Ulster marching band will split into two sections, part providing entertainment at the EYCC starting at 1:30 while the other half participates in the march to the Centre.

Following the cenotaph observance, there will be an open reception held at Branch 10, 1083 Pape Avenue south of O’Connor Dr.

Two days later, on Tuesday April 11, historian David Fuller will be giving a free talk about the battle from 7-8:15 p.m. at the Beaches Library (2161 Queen Street East). The free talk is co-sponsored by the library and Beach and East Toronto Historical Society.

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