Vimy story for Ontario Model Soldier gathering at Etobicoke Legion
September 10 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
On September 10, historian Ted Barris brings the Vimy story to a gathering of the Ontario Model Soldier Society. Drawing content and visuals from his bestselling book Victory At Vimy, Ted will walk his audience through events of that famous Easter Monday morning – April 9, 1917. Fighting for the first time as a national army, that day, Canadian troops swarmed up that strategic ridge in north-central France and in a matter of hours accomplished what no Allied army had, in nearly three years of blood-letting in Europe. They seized Vimy from an entrenched German army. Indeed, Ted Barris makes the case that those young citizen soldiers gave birth to a nation – Canada.
Ted Barris is an author, journalist and broadcaster. As well as hosting appearances on CBC Radio and regular contributions to the National Post and Legion, Air Force and Zoomer magazine, he is a full-time professor of journalism and broadcasting at Centennial College in Toronto. He has authored 18 published, non-fiction books.
In 2011 he received the Canadian Minister of Veterans’ Affairs Commendation and in 2012 the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. His book The Great Escape: A Canadian Story received the 2014 Libris Best Non-Fiction Award.