#100DaysofVimy – March 4th, 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.

Zachary Brown – Vimy Pilgrimage Award Recipient, 2013.

Concerned about the loss of Canada’s history, Zachary Brown reflected on the thought following his return from the 2013 Vimy Pilgrimage:

“Sadly, today it has become increasingly easy to lose interest in our country’s past. The monotony of textbooks, and essays seem to hold far less sway on the modern student. The Vimy Ridge Pilgrimage must be considered a leading example of initiatives that have ensured that the immense importance of Canadian history is not lost… The Vimy Ridge Pilgrimage provided me an opportunity to eat, sleep, and breathe Canada’s history first hand in France, with some of my brightest colleagues. This is why I held being part of the pilgrimage with utmost personal importance. It revealed that Canadian history, whether on the fields of Beaumont Hamel, at the Vimy Ridge Memorial, or in the minds of young Canadians is alive and well. The Vimy Pilgrimage is a perfect example of what makes Canadian history so exceptional and unique – a real life testament to a uniquely Canadian historical narrative.”

Recipients of the 2013 Vimy Pilgrimage Award at the base of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial.
Credit: The Vimy Foundation, 2013.

Recipients of the 2013 Vimy Pilgrimage Award at the “Brooding Soldier” St. Julien Canadian Memorial near Ypres, site of the first German gas attack in April 1915.
Credit: The Vimy Foundation, 2013.
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