Introduction from Mr. Benoit SZATKOWSKI
President of the "Canada Year - Givenchy 2017" not-for profit organization.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, April 9, 1917, a historic landmark victory for Canada as a Nation, our organization has decided to spearhead, throughout 2017, many events, activities, and celebrations culminating on 8 April 2017.
Our entire village, throughout 2017, will therefore "live all things Canadian."
Our organization will take great care to ensure that each and every resident of Givenchy en Gohelle actively participates and contributes to the success of all projects.
All Givenchyssois and Givenchyssoises, will, in all modesty, be delighted and proud to honour and thank the many Canadians who come to visit, or watch us from home, for what their ancestors
contributed to France during the First World War. Contacts have already been established with Canadian officials. Videoconferences are held on a regular basis; for example, on July 17 2016, our organization participated in a video conference held at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.
In 2017, all marks and tokens of friendship and respect towards Canadians and visitors to the Canadian National Vimy Memorial will be extended.
We want, throughout 2017, our Canadian friends to feel at home amongst us,
In the difficult world context which is ours, where the increase of sectarianism and violence is unfortunately a regular occurrence, our organization's sincere wish is to ensure that 2017 gives us the opportunity to share numerous moments and occasions of fraternity and friendship between all Givenchy and regional organizations, all Givenchy and surrounding municipalities' residents (adults and children alike) and all current and future partners, including, of course, our Canadian friends.
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