On Vimy Day in Canada, the Japanese Canadian War Memorial was unveiled on April 9, 1920 in Stanley Park by the Canadian Japanese Association. More than 220 Japanese Canadian volunteers had enlisted in Alberta, when British Columbia blocked their opportunity to serve in the First World War.
With courage, bravery, and leadership, some served with the Fighting Tenth Battalion, and made a significant impact in the taking of Vimy Ridge in 1917. In the words of Sgt. Masumi Mitsui MM “The French Army couldn’t, but the Canadians took Vimy Ridge.”
In honour of the centenary, Vancouver Parks has graciously offered to bring the cenotaph plaza stones up to grade and improve accessibility to the cenotaph. On Remembrance Day 2019, plans for the centenary celebration on April 9, 2020 will be announced.