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Special ceremony at CFB Borden marks the anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

A special remembrance ceremony was held Wednesday morning at CFB Borden to mark the 97th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

The ceremony was held at the restored training trenches located at the base, west of Barrie. About 150 local community leaders were on hand to pay their respects.

Camp (now Canadian Forces Base) Borden trained thousands of troops for the First World War. Some of these soldiers fought and died at the Battle of Vimy and other battles during the war. A section of the original training trenches located at the base and was restored and opened to the public in 2011.

The Battle of Vimy Ridge has been seen by many as the “Birth of a Nation.” It was the first time that all four divisions of the Canadian Corps worked together towards a single objective.

This famous battle cost 3,598 Canadian lives and wounded 10,602.

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