You’ve heard about it all year, but you may not know exactly what the Vimy Ridge Trip is all about. After having an interview with the wonderful Mrs. Kirkvold, I am prepared to share all the information with you.
A group of 43 travelers (37 of which are students) are taking a trip to France for many activities, primarily, as the name suggests, to focus on following the footsteps of many soldiers in Vimy Ridge.
There are numerous items on their itinerary that the group will get the privilege to do over the course of the nine days. Incidentally, they left yesterday, on the 3rd of April. They flew directly to London and from there, they will go for two days seeing various locations: The Strand, Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, and Covent Garden, just to name a few.
After that, they will travel to Dover and catch a ferry to cross the English Channel. They will then spend time in the Normandy area visiting Juno Beach and the Beny-Sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery. In addition, the students have chosen soldiers to pair with and do research; many of them from the Lethbridge/Alberta region.
Following that, they will head to the Vimy region and the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, The Artios Expo in Arras and the Vimy 100th Anniversary Commemorative Ceremony on April 9th. Lastly, they go to take in the sights of Paris to visit the Place de la Concorde, Champs-Élysées, Les Invalides and the Eiffel Tower. Overall, it looks like quite the adventure.
The purpose of the trip itself, as Mrs. Kirkvold put it, was “to carry the legacy of remembrance, and understand, to a greater depth, the sacrifice of these young people. As well, we want to provide our students with an opportunity that will be so much more than what they would receive in the classroom setting. Again, they will walk in ‘their’ footsteps”.
As a veteran trip-goer, Mrs. Kirkvold and the other adult supervisors are most excited to see the students go through an emotional journey that will inspire them to be able to tell their own story, as well of one of a soldier.
Be sure to ask our fellow students about their exciting expedition when they come back on the 11th of April.
Victoria Digout-Ford is a grade 11 student at CCH. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, babysitting, acting, and binge-watching whatever is on Netflix. Her favourite thing about CCH is getting the chance to hang out with her friends and sing in the school choir.