As you read this a group of Hamilton high schoolers from Sherwood Secondary are in Northern France with thousands of other Canadian youth having taken part in the April 9th commemorative ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the First World War.  Notables attending included Princes, Charles, William and Harry, Governor-General Johnson and Prime Minister Trudeau. Also on hand a large contingent of Canadian Armed Forces personnel.  In all about 23,000 Canadians attended from all parts of the country. Our son Steve Jones is one of the teachers leading the Sherwood contingent. Imagine spending  10 days in Europe mostly on a bus with 40 teenagers. Not for the faint of heart. Apparently the teacher-chaperones take turns sleeping, so that somebody is always on the alert.  In addition to Vimy the itinerary includes Canada’s other great military shrine, Juno Beach, scene of the 1944 D Day landing. They also get a look around Amsterdam and Paris. Many of the soldiers who died at Vimy were not much older than the Sherwood students. Hopefully it will be an unforgettable experience for these future leaders of Canada.



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