Hamilton students off to Vimy Ridge
100th anniversary of epic battle
More than a 100 students from the Hamilton public school board will be travelling to Vimy Ridge this year for the 100th anniversary of the epic battle that took place April 9-12, 1917.
The board says tours are planned over different time periods for student groups, including six excursions from the following schools:
Glendale, March 3-10, history Grades 9-12, 19 students
Orchard Park April 6-15, history Grades 10-12, six students
Sherwood, April 6-15, history Grade 12, 42 students
Sir Allan MacNab, April 6-15, history Grades 10-12, 13 students
Sir Winston Churchill, April 615, history Grades 10-12, 25 to 30 students
Westdale, April 16-25, history Grades 10-12, 15 students
The First World War battle at Vimy in France is considered Canada’s greatest military victory and a defining moment for the country.
As a result of the battle, Canada emerged from the dominance of Britain and achieved a stunning success, earning a reputation as a formidable fighting unit.
But the victory was at a horrific cost, with more than 10,000 casualties.
The Vimy memorial in France