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Students Remember the Lives of Fallen
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
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
Narvey/ Mr. Young