Their Duty, Our Pride
Our Canadian Forces soldiers provide the reader with positive messages that collectively emphasize the importance of Canadian citizenship; responsibility to self and others; co-operation through teamwork; care for Canadians and others in the world as well as integrity and respect of self and others. This book comes with an original song, “Honour and Pride” . The lyrics also support positive character attributes.
The book emphasize that:
- We enjoy freedom in Canada because Military personnel gave of themselves to protect our way of life
- It is our responsibility to work for peace every day of every year and support those who protect us
- Skills acquired through their service are valuable to our greater society
- Their services are appreciated by Canadians
Vimy! Valour! Victory!
Under the British Army, General Julian Byng was given command of the Canadian Corp. Major General Arthur Currie, Commander of the 1st Canadian Division, worked closely with Byng, being groomed for future command of the Canadian Corp.
The four Divisions of the Canadian Corp were tasked to secure Vimy Ridge as the first objective in the Spring Offensive at Arras. In order to overt past failed attempts to capturing Vimy Ridge, it was recognized by the command team that they needed to revolutionize a planned approach that was tactically different to what had been previously tried by the French and British armies.
What emerged was a meticulously detailed offensive plan that reformed future military planning processes. The initial decisions for the planned attack, changed greatly in scope through November 1916 to February 1917. On February 2, 1917, each of the 4 Canadian Corp Divisions were allotted their final frontages for this epic battle. Their preparations were then instructed to be completed by March 31, 1917. In that two month period, all allied troops were privy to the plan and efforts were focused on the end objective,that is, gaining control of Vimy Ridge.
Vimy! Valour! Victory! is a narrative that highlights the Offensive Operation preparations, support, intelligence and training set out for the Canadian Corp and Allied troops at Vimy Ridge. Personal diary entries are interspersed and provide a social glimpse to this period in The Great War. The diaries these Canadians maintained positively confirm that the Command team choreographed an unshakable plan to launch the Spring Offensive of 1917.
Legacy and Tradition
The First Nations people in the Canadian Armed Forces have served Canada with distinction and courage since the earliest days. Their traditional way of life, especially the scouting, hunting and shooting skills that they learned in the wilderness, equipped them naturally to become skilled soldiers.
Today, the Ontario 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group (3CPRG) maintains this tradition of military service. This group, a specialized Reserve component of the Canadian Armed Forces, conducts search-and-rescue operations and provides security in the most rugged areas of Northern Ontario.
The Ontario 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group (3CRPG) is a unique part of the current Canadian Armed Forces in that they currently are comprised of 98.4% First Nations soldiers. Within the broader spectrum, there are 5 Canadian Ranger Patrol Groups in Canada, each patrolling a specified area set out by the Canadian Armed Forces. They are under the management of the Army branch.