Vimy Ridge Memorial & Silver Skate Festival

Photographed in front of the monument, after the ceremony is President of the Silver Skate Festival Society - Mr. Harm de Groot (at centre with red toque), on either side of him is Edmonton Mayor - Don Iveson and provincial Minister of Seniors - MLA Lori Sigurdson. On bended knee are the creative and well-known artists, Brian McArthur and Dawn Detarando. Members of The Loyal Edmonton Regiment are also in attendance having supported the event by way of a piper, singer, speaker and vigil party. Photo by Grant Cree.

Photographed in front of the monument, after the ceremony is President of the Silver Skate Festival Society - Mr. Harm de Groot (at centre with red toque), on either side of him is Edmonton Mayor - Don Iveson and provincial Minister of Seniors - MLA Lori Sigurdson. On bended knee are the creative and well-known artists, Brian McArthur and Dawn Detarando. Members of The Loyal Edmonton Regiment are also in attendance having supported the event by way of a piper, singer, speaker and vigil party. Photo by Grant Cree.

by Capt R.R.J. (Rick) Dumas, MMM, CD, ADC
Adjutant, The Loyal Edmonton Regiment (4 PPCLI)

During the evening of 9 February 2017, at Hawrelak Park, the Silver Skate Festival presented and unveiled by way of a lighting ceremony, a commemorative snow sculpture of the Canadian Vimy Ridge Memorial, in partnership with Veterans' Affairs. It was in observance of the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The Battle of Vimy Ridge was the first occasion whereby all four divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force participated in battle, as a cohesive formation. It has become a Canadian national symbol of achievement and sacrifice. Not the Germans, French or British - but the Canadian "shock troops" were the first to make the breach, largely due to several Canadian innovations. The Canadian Corps suffered a total 10,602 casualties: 3,598 were killed and 7,004 were wounded. Today, the Canadian National Vimy Memorial is Canada's largest and principal overseas war memorial. The sculpture is approximately 16 feet high and 12 feet wide. Despite its small population at the time, Edmontonians made an enormous contribution to the Great War.