Vimy Ridge Day Act

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Vimy Ridge Day Act

S.C. 2003, c. 6

Assented to 2003-04-03

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


This enactment designates April 9 as 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:


Marginal note:Short title

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


Marginal note:Vimy Ridge Day

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

Marginal note: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.

Marginal note:Not a legal holiday

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