High On Vimy Ridge (Sean Kenny) video
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©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

Emmeline, oh Emmeline,
I'm going far away,
Emmeline, oh Emmeline,
I'm leaving you today;
Emmeline, oh Emmeline,
I've been called to go to war,
But I'll be sure and write
from that far off foreign shore.

Emmeline, oh Emmeline,
I miss you when I'm gone,
Emmeline, oh Emmeline,
I prayed it won't be long;
Emmeline, oh Emmeline,
take that ribbon from your hair,
I'll wear it on my breast
so I can always feel you near.

Dear Emmeline, dear Emmeline,
I'm wishing I was home,
Dear Emmeline, dear Emmeline,
I'm feeling so alone;
Dear Emmeline, dear Emmeline,
you know my heart is torn,
And I wish I could be with you
when our baby is born.

Dear Emmeline, dear Emmeline,
the shells are coming fast,
Dear Emmeline, dear Emmeline,
so many have breathed their last;
Dear Emmeline, dear Emmeline,
they crossed o'er heavens bridge,
Next time that you hear from me
I'll be high on Vimy Ridge.

Miss Emmeline, Miss Emmeline,
your husband was so brave,
Miss Emmeline, Miss Emmeline,
so many he did save;
Miss Emmeline, Miss Emmeline,
he's crossed o'er heavens bridge,
They found him lying today, M'am,
on top of Vimy Ridge.

Miss Emmeline, Miss Emmeline,
we're sorry for your loss,
Miss Emmeline, Miss Emmeline,
he gave all for the cause;
Miss Emmeline, Miss Emmeline,
such an awful thing is war,
So please accept our sympathies
and this ribbon that he wore.

Emmeline, oh Emmeline, I'm going far away.

####.... Sean Kenny of Port au Port East, NL, ©2011 ....####
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From Wikipedia:
The Battle of Vimy Ridge - 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.

The objective of the Canadian Corps was to take control of the German-held high ground along an escarpment at the northernmost end of the Arras Offensive. This would ensure that the southern flank could advance without suffering German enfilade fire. Supported by a creeping barrage, the Canadian Corps captured most of the ridge during the first day of the attack. The town of Thélus fell during the second day of the attack, as did the crest of the ridge once the Canadian Corps overcame a salient of considerable German resistance. The final objective, a fortified knoll located outside the town of Givenchy-en-Gohelle, fell to the Canadian Corps on 12 April. The German forces then retreated to the Oppy-Méricourt line.

Historians attribute the success of the Canadian Corps in capturing the ridge to a mixture of technical and tactical innovation, meticulous planning, powerful artillery support, and extensive training, 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. A 250-acre (100-hectare) portion of the former battleground now serves as a preserved memorial park and site of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial.


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