As a relatively young and geographically-isolated country, many of Canada’s significant defining international moments have taken place abroad. During the March Break, 23 high school students took the Canadian Pilgrimage to Belgium, France and Germany to pay our respects to the men and women whose actions helped define who we are as a country and a people.
The battlefields of World War I and II were our focus; Dieppe, Juno Beach, Vimy Ridge and Beaumont Hamel came to life from the stories and pictures of textbooks and lectures. A connection to wartime emotion was made as, unknown to students, parents wrote letters (the old fashioned way) of appreciation and pride in their sons and daughters. In a similar fashion to soldiers on the front lines, letters were handed out and many of our travelers were overcome with emotion hearing from their parents in such an ‘unusual’ manner. All of this led to an experience of a lifetime where history and the sacrifice of others allowed each and every one of us to appreciate our position and the lives that we have.