Organization: Canada Post
Product: Souvenir sheet
Designers: Susan Scott, Sarah Bougault
Vimy, a low ridge in the Pas-de-Calais region, is where the young Canadian nation “came into its own”. From 9 to 12 April 1917, it was on these strategic heights overlooking the Lens Plain that the Canadian Corps, commanded by Lieutenant-General Byng, accomplished what the French and British had been unable to until then: seize Vimy Ridge. But “Byng’s Boys” paid a high price: the corps sustained more than 10,600 casualties, including approximately 3600 killed. In 1922, France gave Canada this hallowed ground soaked in the blood of its sons. Today, a huge monument tops the ridge in memory of the 66,000 Canadians who laid down their lives for freedom during the first World War. All around it, 11,285 trees – one for every soldier whose body was never found were planted amidst trenches and shell holes that have been preserved lest future generations forget. Much more than a battlefield, Vimy is a place of remembrance and a patriotic altar where many feel Canada’s national identity was forged.
The Battle of Vimy Ridge
9-12 April 1917
The physical version of this poster is part of the federal identity archive.