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Anybody know what day it is today?

No, I don't mean Easter Monday.
It's an anniversary of something quintessentially Canadian...
The 90th anniversary.

Still lost?

Vimy Ridge ring a bell? I went for lunch today (a yummy peanut-based soup) and picked up the Vancouver Sun. I had been completely oblivious to this anniversary, but I read a couple interesting articles and stats about my generation's lack of knowledge about Canadian military history. Some trivia questions:

1. Canada's most famous single victory in the First World War consisted ofthe capture
Front. What was this battle called?

2. Captain John McCrae served as a medical officer in the World War One and wrote what is considered to be Canada’s most famous poem. What is the name of this poem?

3. Canada has produced a number of outstanding military heroes. Could you please identify the two famous Canadians from the following list:
Air Marshal “Billy”Bishop; General Douglas MacArthur; General Ulysses Grant; Sir Arthur Currie

To view the answers and corresponding stats, click here.

This article made me wonder at the possibilities of having my grampie's memories recorded, and ponder why we, as a nation, are relatively oblivious to our military history - an anomaly in most developed nations.


jevy said…
There's been extensive coverage this whole week on CBC's "the National" (I heart Peter Mansbridge).

A french guy from Vimy I think said it pretty well about why we don't really appreciate war as much. Mainly because Canada has never seen war in our nation. I thought that made sense.
lisa said…
I watched a documentary about the Great War this weekend (mostly because I knew someone in the documentary, but I ended up being really impressed with the show itself) where descendants of WWI veterans were taken to France to re-enact the battle of Vimy Ridge. It told the story of the Great War from several points of view - from those grandchildren (most in their 20s), from the soldiers themselves through letters, and from those who waited at home. It was really well done. I think it's on again next weekend on CBC newsworld.

I always disliked history class because I can't remember dates and names and stuff, but I've always liked historical fiction and I think it's because the novels tell the stories and emotions of the people who lived through the events. I thought this documentary did a great job of focusing on the people to tell the story of the event. I'd definitely recommend it.
Sarah said…
You go girl! I'm glad you went with my suggestion, although peanut soup doesn't sound very Italian ;)
Sarah said…
Oops, published before I finished typing my thought. I wanted to add, send me your address and I'll try to get that book to you.

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