A Canadian contingent brought the Maple Leaf to the Vimy Ridge memorial site this year.

Students visit Vimy Ridge memorial

Students from Aldergrove and Brookswood secondary schools visited all of the main Canadian World War 1 and World War 2 memorials

Students from Aldergrove and Brookswood secondary schools visited all of the main Canadian World War 1 and World War 2 memorials during their recent spring break tour of Europe.

They laid wreaths or placed poppies at each site to recognize the courageous efforts of our fallen soldiers. At Vimy, 60,000 Canadian soldiers are commemorated from World War 1. Their names are inscribed on the walls of the monument.

This photo, taken from the back of Vimy, shows Mother Canada grieving her lost sons and the twin towers, one representing Canada and the other France. This huge commemorative park is actually considered Canadian soil. It includes restored trenches, two cemetaries, and underground tunnels.

A special guest of Aldergrove Secondary is holding the flag at the right hand side of the photo. Marie-Christine Allart is a Vimy resident along with her father who is a French World War 2 veteran.  She spent the morning with the students and spoke to them about Vimy and the Canadians after the wreath laying ceremony.

All of the students received special Vimy commemorative medals.

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