Today we were delighted to welcome the winners of the Vimy Foundation’s Beaverbrook Prize. Over the course of two weeks, these high school students will visit many important Canadian war memorials from the First and Second World Wars in France and Belgium. This group of exceptionally dedicated students was chosen for this trip after submitting an essay, a motivational letter and with references from teachers or community members.
At the Juno Beach Centre, our guide Madeleine gave them a guided tour of Juno Park, and after exploring the main exhibit they took the time to visit our temporary exhibit “From Vimy to Juno: Remembering Canadians in France”. Their trip perfectly echoes the spirit of this exhibit: how and why do we commemorate these events? And will the younger generation keep this memory alive once all of the veterans of the Second World War have passed? With visits like this, we can be assured that this memory will not soon be forgotten.
They are now on their way to Dieppe, to participate in the 75th anniversary commemorations of the Raid. Thank you for the great visit, and enjoy the rest of your travels!
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