The ‘Great War’ wasn’t great – ‘that war to end all wars’ didn’t.
Yet, what happened at Vimy Ridge should make all Canadians proud – and recent news coverage has been fantastic to better inform us like our schooling never did, that our boys did such magnificent things at Vimy Ridge.
Nobody alive today was ‘at Vimy’ where, 100 years ago today – Canadian soldiers distinguished themselves so gallantly, brilliantly and ferociously. For the first time our young country (it was on 50 years after confederation) was at war with Canadian commanders, not Brits, with maps in the hands of soldiers – not just commanders, techniques (creeping barrage) no army had used before. Better tools, better tactics prevented massive losses of previous campaigns were substantially reduced.
But that’s the story now – is it?
It’s about remembrance, reverence and about recognizing our country was still a babe in diapers, doing such breakthrough things.
A hundred years is a blink in time for the earth – and these days is sounds more like ‘a full and lucky lifetime’. So much of the world has changed in a hundred years. So much has not. If you don’t believe me, just turn on the news.