Activity One: Write a Short Paper

It can hardly be expected that we shall put 400,000 or 500,000 men in the field and willingly accept the position of having no more voice and receiving no more consideration than if we were toy automata.”
— Sir Robert Borden, January 4, 1916

Brigadier-General Alexander Ross, a battalion commander at Vimy Ridge, watched the Canadian troops move out: ”It was Canada from the Atlantic to the Pacific on parade. I thought then...that in those few minutes I witnessed the birth of a nation.”

Consider these two quotes. What was the importance of Vimy Ridge, not just to the war effort, but also to Canada as a nation? The last living Canadian veteran of the First World War has now passed away, taking away all living memory of that war. What is the value in studying a war that happened almost 100 years ago? Write a short paper about the importance, for young Canadians, of remembering the First World War, and particularly Vimy Ridge.
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