Hamil­ton stu­dents off to Vimy Ridge

100th an­niver­sary of epic bat­tle

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL -

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 CANA­DIAN PRESS

The Vimy memo­rial in France

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