Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Vimy Memorial Bridge

The Vimy Memorial Bridge crosses the Rideau River and connects Earl Armstrong Road on the East side with Strandherd Road on the west. Originally named the Strandherd Armstrong Bridge, when it opened on July 12, 2014, it was renamed and dedicated as the Vimy Memorial Bridge on November 8, 2014. The Barrhaven and Manotick Branches of the Royal Canadian Legion had jointly submitted an application to rename the bridge.

The bridge commemorates the battle of Vimy Ridge, "a military engagement fought primarily as part of the Battle of Arras, in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France, during the First World War. The main combatants were the Canadian Corps, of four divisions, against three divisions of the German Sixth Army. The battle, which took place from 9 to 12 April 1917, was part of the opening phase of the British-led Battle of Arras, a diversionary attack for the French Nivelle Offensive."