Holding fundraiser Friday to help with the trip
KINKORA – In 1917, from April 9-12, four divisions of the Canadian Corps took Vimy Ridge in the north of France from the Germans, who held the key land mass for three years. Historians have attributed the success of the Canadian Corps in capturing the ridge to a mixture of technical and tactical innovation, meticulous planning, powerful artillery support and extensive training.
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This group of grade 11 and 12 students from Kinkora Regional High School are planning a trip to Vimy Ridge, as well as the Menin Gate Memorial in Belgium to commemorate the Battle of Ypres. They are hosting a fundraiser at the Kanata Club in Kinkora Friday evening to help with their trip. Among those travelling are (top row, from left) Michael Lawless, Kevin Bustard, chaperone, Logan Robinson, Dylan Kilbride, Tracy Thompson, chaperone, Kevin Glover; (centre row) Brady Vandervelden, Jacob Fox, Dylan Millman, Jake Arsenault, Tyler Bell, (bottom row) Destiny Powers, Rebecca Paynter, Amanda O'Connor, Jenna McCarville, and Ceilidh Gaudet.
In the aftermath, almost 11,000 Canadians were killed or wounded.
For Canadians, this victory is often associated as the defining moment in our history. Canada continued to be a valuable contributor in the Battle of Europe through both World Wars.
In April of 2012, Kinkora Regional High School sent 36 students to the 95th Commemoration of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. This contingent joined over 5,500 students from across the country to pay homage to those who sacrificed so much.
Each student researched a Canadian and Commonwealth soldier and visited their war memorials during the trip. For those who have a family member connection to either war, and many did, this experience was a highlight of their high school career.
Based on this experience, the Kinkora school has organized a second trip to revisit the site at Vimy Ridge, as well as the Menin Gate Memorial in Belgium to commemorate the Battle of Ypres. The group will spend Remembrance Day in Flanders Fields.
The group consists of 14 grade 11 and 12 students who did not participate in the previous trip.
This group of students and parents have organized a silent auction and dance to be held at the Kanata Club in Kinkora on Oct. 11. The silent auction will go from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. with the dance to follow.
All proceeds raised are to help fund this student trip. The Bank of Nova Scotia in Albany has come on board and partnered with the group to help make this fundraising event a success.
Tickets can be purchased at the Bank of Nova Scotia in Albany or through any of the student travellers.