Galt Em­barks on a Mis­sion to Re­mem­ber the Fallen

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion, Tyler Lessenba Galt Me­dia Lit­er­acy Class Sher­brooke, Len­noxville

Ev­eryyear Alexan­der Galt High School or­ga­nizes a trip for the en­riched stu­dents in English and His­tory (EH) to Europe. This year 27 stu­dents in Mr. Hynd and Ms. McKin­ven’s EH class will be go­ing to Hol­land, France and Eng­land and they have been asked to lay flow­ers and a note on the gravesite of Sergeant Dou­glas C. Parkhill at the Beny-Sur-Mer Cana­dian War Ceme­tery.

As part of their Cana­dian Bat­tles Field Tour, the Galt stu­dents have been asked to lay flow­ers with a per­son­al­ized card on Mr. Parkhill’s gravesite. He is buried at the Beny­Sur-Mer Cana­dian War Ceme­tery in Reviers. Parkhille was 27 years old when he was killed due to an ar­tillery blast dur­ing World War II when he was serv­ing with the Cana­dian Ar­tillery. Mr. Parkhill’s wife, Ruth, has asked the group to place the flow­ers and a note in his hon­our.

The Europe trip has been a pop­u­lar trip at Galt for more than 15 years as it al­lows the stu­dents to bet- ter un­der­stand the ma­te­rial they have been learn­ing in the class­room hands on. It also helps them to ap­pre­ci­ate the cul­ture and way of life of other people in other coun­tries.

Their trip will take place over 12 days in which they will de­part from Pierre El­liot Trudeau Air­port in Mon­tréal on April 17th with Bri­tish Air­ways and re­turn on April 28th. Their tour will start in Am­s­ter­dam with vis­its to the Anne Frank House and the Jewish Mu­seum. They will then travel to the Vimy Re­gion, where they will visit Flan­der’s Field Mu­seum along with the tun­nels and trenches at Vimy Ridge. They will then take their cruiser into the Nor­mandy Re­gion, where they will have a guided tour of Juno Beach and Beny-Sur-Mer Cana­dian War Ceme­tery. The group will en­joy some free time on the Nor­mandy beaches be­fore tour­ing Dieppe and then con­tinue on to Paris to visit the Notre Dame Cathe­dral and the fa­mous Champ­sEl­y­sees. Fol­low­ing this, the Galt tourists will be take the Chunnel into Lon­don, Eng­land, where they will be vis­it­ing Big Ben and Churchill’s War Cab­i­net Rooms be­fore de­part­ing for home.

This large group of Alexan­der Galt High School stu­dents are head­ing for Europe this Thurs­day.

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