CTV NEWS Chief Anchor Lisa LaFlamme Leads Expansive Coverage of 100th Anniversary of Canada’s Victory at Vimy Ridge, Live from France April 7-9

— April 5, 2017

– LaFlamme helms four-hour network special VIMY REMEMBERED: THE 100th ANNIVERSARY, live from Vimy, April 9 –
– CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LISA LAFLAMME broadcasts live from Vimy, April 7-9 –
– CTV News Channel and CTVNews.ca provide dedicated coverage leading up to and during the Centennial Commemoration Ceremony –

TORONTO (April 5, 2017) – CTV News today unveiled plans for expansive coverage of the Centennial Commemoration recognizing the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Corps’ success at Vimy Ridge. Marking an event that remains a powerful symbol of the Canadian identity, CTV News delivers the four-hour special VIMY REMEMBERED: THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY on Sunday, April 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET on CTV and CTV News Channel, and live streamed on CTVNews.ca and CTV News GO. CTV News’ Chief Anchor and Senior Editor Lisa LaFlamme anchors the broadcast live from the Official Vimy Centennial Commemoration Ceremony at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial Park in France. Leading up to the special, CTV’s flagship national newscast CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LISA LAFLAMME will also broadcast live from Vimy, France, beginning Friday, April 7 through Sunday, April 9. Joining LaFlamme in Vimy on Sunday, April 9 are London Bureau Chief Paul Workman, London Bureau Correspondent Daniele Hamamdjian, and Atlantic Bureau Chief Todd Battis, with Ottawa News Bureau Correspondent Omar Sachedina from the commemorative ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. VIMY REMEMBERED: THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY features special guests providing commentary and historical context on the 100-year-old turning point in Canadian history, including celebrated humanitarian and best-selling author Lieutenant-General (Rt’d) Roméo Dallaire, Afghanistan veteran and veteran’s advocate Master Cpl. Paul Franklin, and prolific author and military historian Mark Zuehlke. Additional CTV News Vimy Centennial Commemoration Ceremony coverage includes: CTV NEWS CHANNEL – Friday, April 7 through Sunday, April 9 CTV News Channel delivers extensive live coverage in the days leading up to and on the 100th anniversary of Vimy, welcoming a roster of guests to share in-depth insight, perspective, and personal stories, including Executive Director of The Vimy Foundation Jeremy Diamond, who will discuss the significance of the battle and the weekend events honouring the veterans who fought there. Personal stories of Canadians making the journey to Vimy are uncovered, including Joan Medina, granddaughter of a lieutenant who fought at Vimy and was one of the lucky survivors; and Jake Moores, an Oshawa, Ont. student travelling to Vimy after winning a national award from The Vimy Foundation. In addition, CTV News Channel welcomes CTV Royal Commentator Richard Berthelsen, providing insight and context on members of the Royal Family attending the historic ceremony.  CTVNews.ca CTVNews.ca is the complete and comprehensive destination for dedicated coverage leading up to and during the commemorative 100th anniversary ceremony of Vimy Ridge. Taking an in-depth look at why the Battle of Vimy Ridge was a defining moment for Canada, CTVNews.ca showcases an interactive feature exploring the battleground using historic and present-day maps, images, and video to show how the battle has shaped the surrounding landscape. The site features a moving profile of one Canadian veteran suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and how a bike trip through Europe to the Vimy Memorial is helping him and soldiers like him. Also, CTVNews.ca features a touching story of a student travelling to the commemoration who discovered his own personal connection to Vimy Ridge, and for Canadians interested in uncovering their own connection to the famed battle, CTVNews.ca delivers a how-to guide for researching personal family history.  

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