The Boots of the Fallen
These boots represent a day of commemoration of an epic battle. Each pair of boots for every lost soldier, will sit on Vimy Ridge as we remember their tremendous effort and the sacrifice they made to capture Vimy Ridge.
On this day, Canadian soldiers fought valiantly and captured Vimy Ridge.
"Boots of the Fallen". 3,598 Canadian soldiers killed at Vimy and over 7000 injured in a battle that lasted four days beginning April 9, 1917.
This great battle represents a coming of age for Canada.
By April 1917, the French and British armies had failed to take Vimy Ridge.
During cold, snowy spring days, in three lines of muddy trenches, Canadians awaited their orders. During four days in April, Canadian soldiers would move up the ridge and make greater advances, capture more soldiers than any other offensive during WWI.
Vimy was reclaimed from the Germans after four days of intense battle and loss.
Vimy Ridge, where physical evidence of the battle remains, is Canada's National Memorial in Europe.
To see other posts about remembering our war heroes visit CWACs, WDs, Wrens, and Nursing Sisters have this in common and Remembrance Day