Galt Embarks on a Mission to Remember the Fallen
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.