Vimy Ridge in France was thought to be impossible to take from the Germans. But on Easter Sunday, April 9, 1917, 100,000 Canadians went "over the top" and took the ridge in four days. In gratitude, France gave Canada 107 hectares (about 265 acres) of land on which to build a memorial. It is a stunning memorial and the two times I have seen it, I have been intensely proud to be a Canadian.
Two celebrations: one of a battle that led to freedom and one of a Man who died giving all men freedom as they choose to follow Him. (See Part II)
|Two of our sons -- Eric and Craig -- came with us on this trip and they were moved, as LeRon and I were. It was a beautiful, chilly March morning.|
|A tiny sleeping room in the tunnels. I don't know how those soldiers survived the tunnels. Probably through much prayer, even by those who were unsure of God.|
|Hard to imagine the condition of the original trenches. Mud and rats and cold. If you ever have the chance to visit this amazing memorial, please do so!|