Edmontonians invited to ‘stand watch’ at Cenotaph for Vimy 100 vigil (via Global News)

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WATCH ABOVE: Next month will mark the 100th anniversary of one of the most well-known battles in Canada’s war history. More than 3,500 Canadians died in the Battle of Vimy Ridge and as Emily Mertz explains, Edmontonians will have a unique opportunity to honour the soldiers who lost their lives.

On April 9, 100 years after the Battle of Vimy Ridge began, Edmontonians are invited to “stand watch” at the Cenotaph in Churchill Square alongside Canadian soldiers.

The Vimy Vigil is a “unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience [that] will honour those who fought and died for our country,” organizers said on the event website.

People are asked to sign up ahead of time online at www.vimy100yeg.ca to confirm their 15-minute time and corner of the Cenotaph. There are just 160 spots available between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.