What is the Vimy Award?

Introduction The Vimy Award is an award presented by the Conference of Defence Associations Institute (CDA Institute) to the “Canadian who has made a significant and outstanding contribution to the defence and security of Canada and the preservation of (its) democratic values”. Refer to Vimy Ridge Day, Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Robert Manuel, and Vimy… Read More


Marches of the Canadian Armed Forces

Introduction The following is a list of the notable authorised marches for various organisations of the Canadian Armed Forces. The first march listed is the march most commonly performed for that organisation on parade; it is commonly referred to simply as that organisation’s “march” or “march past”. In addition, many organisations also have additional pieces… Read More

Who was Robert Manuel?

Introduction Robert “Bob” Edward Manuel Sr. (21 February 1935 50 14 April 2017) was a Korean War veteran best known for getting Vimy Ridge recognised as a National Heritage Day in Canada. Refer to Battle of Vimy Ridge (1917), Vimy Ridge Day, Vimy Ridge (March), Vimy Award, and Canadian National Vimy Memorial. Early Life Robert… Read More

What is the Canadian National Vimy Memorial?

Introduction The Canadian National Vimy Memorial is a war memorial site in France dedicated to the memory of Canadian Expeditionary Force members killed during the First World War. It also serves as the place of commemoration for Canadian soldiers of the First World War killed or presumed dead in France who have no known grave.… Read More

What was the Battle of Vimy Ridge (1917)?

Introduction The Battle of Vimy Ridge was part of the Battle of Arras, in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France, during the First World War. The main combatants were the four divisions of the Canadian Corps in the First Army, against three divisions of the German 6th Army. The battle took place from 09 to 12… Read More

What is Vimy Ridge Day?

Introduction Vimy Ridge Day is a day to commemorate the deaths and casualties of members of the Canadian Corps in the Battle of Vimy Ridge, which took place during World War I. The holiday has been observed annually on 09 April since 2003. It is a non-statutory observance. Refer to Robert Manauel, Vimy Ridge (March),… Read More