Canadians celebrated nationwide on April 12, 1917 when Vimy Ridge was seized by Canadian troops after three days of intense fighting.
2017 marks the 100th anniversary of this monumental victory, and in celebration students from WCI alongside 11 other WRDSB schools will be making the trip to France for the 100th-anniversary memorial. This tour will take students to locations such as Flanders Fields, Juno Beach, and, of course, Vimy Ridge.
Mrs. Russell-Caplan, one of the head supervisors of the trip for Explorica, explained that the trip has been an idea for about 15 years. The 10 day trip will be taking place over the Easter weekend in 2017. The location and occasion were chosen because, according to Russell-Caplan, it is “extremely exciting [and] a huge deal. Veterans and dignitaries from everywhere will be there, along with the Prime Minister. There’s a full day commemorative service, and we also want to lay a wreath at the gate.”
The trip will begin with a flight to Belgium. Following that, students will travel to Brugge, through Flanders Fields, and to several major war sites. Students will make their way to Vimy Ridge while gaining a deeper understanding and appreciation of the soldiers who fought in these battles.
The full itinerary of the trip can be found here: www.explorica.ca/russell-caplan-9034.