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2nd Session, 37th Parliament,
51 Elizabeth II, 2002

House of Commons of Canada

BILL C-227

An Act respecting a national day of remembrance of the Battle of Vimy Ridge


Whereas the Battle of Vimy Ridge of April 9, 1917 was the first time that Canadians from coast to coast fought in a battle together against a common enemy;

And Whereas the Battle of Vimy Ridge is considered by many to be a turning point for our country and the beginning of Canada's march towards nationhood;

Now, Therefore, Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:


Short title

1. This Act may be cited as the Vimy Ridge Day Act.


Vimy Ridge Day

2. Throughout Canada, in each and every year, the ninth day of April shall be known as ``Vimy Ridge Day''.

Canadian flag at half-mast

3. In each and every year, on the ninth day of April, the Canadian flag on the Peace Tower shall be lowered at half-mast.

Not a legal holiday

4. For greater certainty, Vimy Ridge Day will not be considered a legal holiday or a non-juridical day.