vimy2The Vimy Ridge Monument located on the East River Road near footwear specialty business Healthworks.   The carving created by professional carver Andy Ward was commissioned in honor of the 90th anniversary of Vimy Ridge. The tree was in danger of being removed due to potential safety risks. Rather than allowing the tree to be destroyed, it was cut to approximately 20ft high that made the tree stump safe and suitable for carving. This carving is the Town of New Glasgow’s commemorative project for this historic national milestone.

The Battle of Vimy Ridge was 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 against three divisions of the German Sixth Army. The battle, which took place from 9 April 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.
Historians attribute the Canadian Corps in their success of capturing the ridge with a mixture of technical and tactical innovation, detailed planning and extensive training and powerful artillery support as well as the failure of the German Sixth Army to properly apply the German defensive doctrine. The battle was the first occasion when all four divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force participated in a battle together and thus became a Canadian nationalistic symbol of achievement and sacrifice.