Rotary Club of London South

Randy Warden on Vimy Celebration

Randy Warden, President of the Vimy Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, presented an overview of the 100 Celebration of the Canadian victory at Vimy Ridge.  Canadian forces took the ridge after the French and British failed to overwhelm the entrenched Germans in the Great War.  The victory did not come lightly, 10,600 casualties  including 3,600 killed occurred.  Veterans of the battle we known as Byng's Boys and they were among the founders of the Canadian Legion of the British Empire which is the predecessor of the modern legion. 
 
Randy explained the formation of the Vimy Branch occurred when a schism occurred in the Legion over leadership.  The Vimy Branch meets twice per year and is made up of officers of the forces.