Uxbridge Secondary School Vimy 100 students hosted a Vimy Celebration Evening, on Thursday, May 18th, 2017. The students wanted to take the opportunity to thank families, friends, and the community which supported them throughout the whole process of their Vimy 100 tour, as well as to pay tribute to the veterans they represented on the tour. They also wanted to share stories, photos, and videos from the trip itself, and reflect on how the tour changed each of them individually.
"This trip was so much more than just a European vacation or sightseeing tour, it was about building on our knowledge of the past, and moving forward with a new-found appreciation for history and its events, through hearing stories of service from our veterans, and experiencing history firsthand by retracing their paths. It goes without saying that this trip was truly unforgettable and it will certainly stay with us for the rest of our lives," said grade 11 student, Emma Runnalls, as she addressed the 180 people in attendance.
The events of the evening included: a summary video, prepared by Emma and grade 12 student Jazmin Eickmeier; student reflections, by Kylie Whalen and McKenna Jackson; special music, by Bella Nove, under the direction of Jennifer Neveu; special presentations to veterans; dedications of their Vimy boots, a steel poppy, and their Vimy Oak tree; and a time for the students to share their veteran research projects with the guests.
Our community should be very proud of our USS Vimy 100 students, and all that they have done over the last year and a half in related events to Vimy 100. They have truly taken a hold of the torch of remembrance. Lest We Forget.
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