As we approach the 107th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Starting April 6 in Belgium, a delegation composed of representatives from Rainbow Veterans of Canada and the LGBT Purge – the first Veteran delegation of this kind – will follow in the footsteps of Frederick Hardy, who was sentenced to hard labour in 1916 for charges relating to his sexuality and later died in battle, across the battlefields of Europe. This important historical moment for Veterans from the 2SLGBTQI+ community will culminate on April 9 where they will see Frederick Hardy’s name on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial and participate in the annual ceremony.

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