• Vimy Ridge Park Enhancement Plans

    As we mark the Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, unable to gather for public ceremonies or at the local Royal Canadian Legion branches due to COVID-19, it is still important to remember.

    CTV London Reports on Planned Enhancement for Vimy Ridge Park

    The Battle of Vimy Ridge was a defining moment for Canada, but it came at a great cost. Nearly 3,600 Canadians lost their lives, and over 7,000 more were wounded. During the battle, soldiers from all 4 divisions of the Canadian Corps fought together for the 1st time. They were Canadians from coast to coast to coast – Francophones, Anglophones, new Canadians, and Indigenous peoples. We honour and remember their courage and sacrifice. We need to that same inclusive fighting spirit today!

    It had been our intention to host a public information session to share the design concept our staff have put together to enhance a local project that is close to my heart, the development of London’s own Vimy Ridge Park in Ward 2 at the southeast corner of Hale and Trafalgar.

    Since we are unable to do that, I worked with staff to mark today by releasing the information to you online so that you can see the current memorial features as well as the concept for the future improvements to Vimy Ridge Park.

    Current features in Vimy Ridge Park
    Design Concept for Vimy Ridge Park Enhancement

    **Note, all of the existing features–created and donated by the community, will be incorporated in the new design**

    These have been developed with input from the Veterans community and the plans have their support. If you have questions, you can direct them to me at slewis@london.ca and I will forward those to the appropriate staff for a response.

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