Candlelight vigil commemorates battle of Vimy Ridge

Abbotsford Legion held a parade and vigil to pay respect to the sacrifice of those at Vimy Ridge

The annual Vimy Ridge parade and candlelight vigil was held at Thunderbird Square on Veterans' Way in Abbotsford last night.

The annual Vimy Ridge parade and candlelight vigil was held at Thunderbird Square on Veterans' Way in Abbotsford last night.

Family members, dignitaries, politicians and members of the public gathered last night (Wednesday) to pay their respects during a candlelight vigil marking Vimy Ridge Day.

The event, hosted by the Abbotsford Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, featured descendants of Vimy Ridge veterans placing candles in memory of their ancestors’ sacrifice.

The battle of Vimy Ridge began April 9, 1917 in France during the First World War. The Canadian Corps successfully battled the Germans to gain control of the strategically valuable ground.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cyril Holbrow of the Abbotsford Legion lays a candle at the cenotaph in Thunderbird Square on Wednesday as part of a candlelight vigil commemorating the battle of Vimy Ridge.