It was a packed second day for the educators participating in the 11th annual Juno Beach Centre Summer Institute. After an early breakfast in Arras, we headed to the Vimy Ridge memorial, arriving just as the clouds parted over the monument. For many in the group it was their first time seeing the memorial in person, which made for an emotional experience.
Following a quick tour of the trenches, we jumped back on the bus and headed Wellington Quarry for a tour of the underground chalk tunnels in Arras. Afterward we were off to Cabaret Rouge Cemetery to visit the graves of Canadian and British soldiers fell or went missing during the fighting in the Somme.
To give the teachers a broader perspective of the war, we headed over to the German war cemetery at Neuville-St.-Vaast, where 44,830 German soldiers killed in the First World War are buried.
Overall, it was an emotional morning for the teachers.
In the afternoon we headed west to Dieppe, where we will spend a full day studying the ill-fated Raid of 1942. Stay tuned for more details about Day 3!
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