The 10th Annual Juno Beach Centre Educators Tour kicks off today with 22 educators from all across Canada coming together to tour the battlefields of France.
The 10-day tour includes Vimy Ridge, Beaumont-Hamel, Dieppe, as well as historical sites in Normandy including the Juno Beach Centre, Omaha Beach, and Arromanches, with a special Remembrance service at the Bretteville Canadian War Cemetery where 2,500 Canadians are buried. Educators will gain a firsthand knowledge of Canada’s military history, an experience they will pass onto their students in the classroom.
The 22 participants representing almost every province and territory in Canada were selected based on motivation letters describing the anticipated personal and professional benefits of this experience with particular emphasis on how their teaching of Canadian History will be enhanced in their classroom and school. Teachers are also educated on how to organize and fundraise to bring their students back to Europe for their own unique experience, following the footsteps of Canadians in the First and Second World Wars.
Throughout the tour, the group will be accompanied by Marie-Eve Vaillancourt, Juno Beach Centre Program Manager and Chris Evans, a Canadian historian.
July 27: Departure from Toronto
July 28: Beaumont Hamel + Thiepval + Arras
July 29: Vimy + Dieppe
July 30: Dieppe + Sword British Sector
July 31: Juno Beach Centre + Canadian D-Day Landing Sector
August 1: Le Mesnil-Patry liberated by the Canadians (Lunch organzed by Le Comité d’accueil des Canadiens) + Abbaye d’Ardenne + Juno Beach Centre (from 4 pm)
August 2: Gold British Sector and Omaha
August 3: Participation in the ceremony at the Canadian cemetery in Cintheaux + Visit of the sites South of Caen
August 4: Paris
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Bon voyage !
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