#100DaysofVimy – February 18, 2017

Each Saturday, we’ll share some reflections from our past student participants about the impact of their visit to Vimy Ridge and other sites of the First World War. 

Credit: Hicham El Bayadi, 2015 Vimy Pilgrimage Award – Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa, ON.

As part of the Vimy Foundation’s Vimy: Canada’s Coming of Age week at Encounters With Canada, students attend a candlelight vigil at Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa (the cemetery contains the graves of 212 Commonwealth casualties of the First and Second World War). Writing of the candlelight vigil, Molly reflected: “Our ceremony in the cemetery was incredibly influential and eye-opening; the grave I stood at was of a 17 year-old which is the age of many of my friends, and so it was very difficult for me to imagine one of them fighting and dying for our country at such a young age.”

Credit: Hicham El Bayadi, 2015 Vimy Pilgrimage Award – Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa, ON.
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