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.
Jocelyn Davis was a recipient of the Vimy Pilgrimage Award in 2013. Shocked by the stark contrast between the Commonwealth and German War Graves cemeteries Jocelyn reflected afterwards:
“I vaguely knew what to expect of the Commonwealth cemeteries; however, I was distinctly impacted by our exposure to the German ones. I remember wandering in a foggy drizzle between countless rows of grey crosses, struck that four men lay to each cross. For days I had been grappling to wrap my head around the unimaginably horrific conditions that soldiers were subjected to, ranging from rats to trench foot. The German cemeteries, with their uniformly gloomy bleakness, provided me with an increased appreciation of the overwhelmingly pervasive misery during the First World War. This newly gained appreciation allowed each story, sight and bit of information to penetrate deeper and become truly internalized. My experiences on the Pilgrimage will stay with me forever.”