Today our group as a whole felt a communal sense of loss when stopping to commemorate soldiers at various memorials today. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to listen to a personal tribute given to honour a soldier and not be emotionally moved by the experience.
We also had the once in a lifetime opportunity to go down into the Maison Blanche souterraine (tunnels) along with the Durand Group, who are internationally recognized experts in First World War tunnels. Under the ground, we learned about the lives and experiences of Canadian soldiers in the lead up to the Battle for Vimy Ridge through our viewing of drawings, graffiti and carvings done by the soldiers. The entire day was filled with bonding experiences; some that made me laugh and others that made me cry. I’ve never felt so blessed to be in the presence of such brilliant and inspirational people.
– Zoe McDaniel, Brook Village, Nova Scotia