June 7, 2024

RCHS Student Visits Vimy Ridge

In April, Grade 11, Rosetown Central High School student Jan Nasibog travelled to France to visit the site of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

During World War I, the Canadian victory at the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917 is considered a defining moment for Canada, when the country emerged from under the shadow of Britain and felt capable of greatness. Canadian troops also earned a reputation as formidable, effective troops because of the stunning success. But it was a victory at a terrible cost, with more than 10,000 killed and wounded. Learn more about the Battle of Vimy Ridge here.

Jan made the journey to the site of the Battle of Vimy Ridge as part of a contingent of 20 students from most Canadian provinces sponsored by the Vimy Foundation. The Vimy Foundation is dedicated to remembering and commemorating Canada’s contributions during World War I and each year funds a trip by Canadian students to Vimy and other World War I sites in northern France and southern Belgium. Students apply for the privilege to be part of this delegation and this year Jan was one of the successful applicants. Learn more about the Vimy Foundation here.

Jan landed at the Paris airport on April 2 and stayed in France and Belgium until April 10. The major site visited on the trip was the imposing Canadian Vimy Memorial, which also includes a visitor centre and museum. It is about two hundred kilometres north of Paris. She also had the opportunity to tour several other World War I sites including memorials to the American First Division, the Flanders Field Museum, the Australian War Memorial, and Ypres, Belgium, the site of another major battle of World War I where Canadian soldiers distinguished themselves.

Reflecting on her experience, Jan wrote the following:

"Commemorating the Battle of Vimy Ridge, more than 100 years later, serves as a reminder that the human spirit lives on through remembrance. It is our responsibility as youth—from diverse backgrounds and provinces—that we commemorate our history. The world can never truly forget the many aspects of the First World War, and it is through us that the memory lives on for many more generations."

Photos posted here and on social media are courtesy of Holly Ghandi.