Vimy memorialA keynote address Friday on the battle of Vimy Ridge and its evolving significance over 100 years will open the Windsor Military Studies Conference.

Conference keynote to consider Vimy legend

Military historian Tim Cook wrote the book on the April 1917 battle of Vimy Ridge and will share his insights in a keynote address at the 13th annual Windsor Military Studies Conference, this weekend at Major F.A. Tilston Armoury.

Cook works at the Canadian War Museum and is an adjunct professor at Carleton University. His 2017 book, Vimy: the Battle and the Legend, examines the battle of Vimy Ridge and the way the memory of it has evolved over 100 years.

His address, entitled “The Vimy Legend: the History of the Battle and Monument, 1917 to the Present,” is set for 7 p.m. Friday, February 9. It opens the conference, a collaboration among the University of Windsor, the Essex and Kent Scottish, and the other Canadian Armed Forces units in Windsor.

Admission to the two-day conference, which includes lunch on Saturday, is $25. The fee is waived for students and members of the military.

The armoury is located at 4007 Sandwich Street. Find more information, including a full conference agenda, on the event Facebook page.