Cadets at Winnipeg's Minto Armoury commemorated the 97th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge Saturday.

About 70 young people, from ages 12 to 18, took part in a ceremony that had begun four years ago, after the last veteran who served in World War 1 passed away. 

The Battle of Vimy Ridge took place over four days, from April 9 - 12, 1917.

David Wall, a 17-year-old Chief Warrant Officer with the Winnipeg Rifles, said it was important to keep the memory of what happened alive, so that those who gave their lives did not die in vain. 

"We sent thousands of young men to a war they thought would be over by Christmas and ended up spending years in living hell," he said. "It was a big sacrifice. It seems like a long time ago, but it affects us all."

Ron Anderson, whose father fought at Vimy Ridge, was a flying officer in the Royal Canadian Airforce. 

He said though his father's experience isn't the only reason he came to pay his respects.

"He would never talk about his war time experience, so I got all of it from the archives from Ottawa, all the history I have," he said. "But I do have a great-grandson here today who is in the parade so I came out specifically for him."

The Battle of Vimy Ridge cost 3,598 Canadians their lives. Another 7,000 were wounded.