The Battle of Vimy Ridge marked "the birth of a nation" for Canada, says the Governor General. David Johnston, a Canadian delegation of politicians and 5,000 students gathered at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France Monday afternoon to commemorate the 95th anniversary of the surprising and striking victory for Canada's military.

The brutal Easter Monday battle killed more than 3,500 Canadians and wounded scores more but was a turning point for the Allies in the First World War and a key moment in Canada's military identity.

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