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Ottawa: Reflection on a Week

by Alivia Ward


Before I left...
D- At the beginning of WW1, Canada was just part of the British Empire, no one special. But Canada supplied the war with lots of soldiers and ammunition. Also, after many failed attempts by the British and French, the four Canadian Regiments took Vimy Ridge in 4 days. This was a huge victory for the allies, and marked the beginning of the end of the war.
E- This affected Canada’s identity hugely. This was a huge turning point for Canadians, because people started to see them as a threat, rather than part of the British Empire. A quote from a soldier who fought in the Battle of Vimy Ridge once said « We went up Vimy Ridge as Albertans and Nova Scotians. We came down as Canadians . »
Ottawa Day 1
Going to the airport!
F- At the centre, on television screens, different heritage Minutes play on a loop.
Ottawa Day 2
On Sunday we got Vimy Ridge hoodies, from the Vimy Foundation. These were to wear to the National War Monument. On Monday they had a ceremony to commemorate the Battle of Vimy Ridge, which we attended. I think these are really cool and relate directly to our Canadian Identity. The Battle of Vimy Ridge is a huge part of Canadian identity. By sporting the hoodies with the colours of the different regiments, we can help people remember and learn about how amazing Canada really is.