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Kelvin Remembers

 
Students Remember the Lives of Fallen Kelvin Soldiers
 
During spring break 2013, ten Kelvin students and their history teacher Mr. Young travelled to Europe to pay tribute to Kelvin soldiers who gave their lives fighting in the First and Second World Wars. In preparation for the trip, each student researched the military files of a soldier, their work culminating in presentations given at their soldier’s tombstones and memorials.
The students experienced the opportunity to learn about Canada’s role in the World Wars from the sites where the battles took place. The trip included visits to Juno Beach, Dieppe, Vimy Ridge, and Groesbeek Cemetery in the Netherlands. 
One of the highlights of the trip was when Liam Robertson (Grade eleven) marched in his Winnipeg Rifles uniform during the Menin Gate Ceremony in Belgium. On behalf of Kelvin High School, Liam laid a wreath at the memorial that commemorates the lives of 55,000 Commonwealth soldiers who died during the First World War. 
The group filmed all of the presentations (including the Menin Gate ceremony) and soon all of the student presentations of the soldiers’ lives will be accessible on a new Kelvin History website that will be linked to our Kelvin homepage.
Beyond the battlefields, the students visited Germany where they saw the Berlin wall, the Holocaust Memorial, and the Sachsenhausen concentration camp.  They also visited the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam, they walked the beautiful streets of Bruges, and they spent time exploring the Louvre and other sites in Paris.  
Their travels included an awful lot of running to catch various trains and buses, but they wouldn’t have had it any other way. The students definitely can’t wait to return to Europe as soon as possible. The experiences they shared together were incredibly impacting, and ones they won’t soon forget.
If any current students have a passion for history and remembrance, please come to see Mr. Young (Room 31) to get information about the 2014 European History and Battlefield Trip.
 
                                                                                                               Rachel Narvey/ Mr. Young

 World Wars Remembrance

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