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Vimy Ridge - 100th Anniversary

On April 7, 2017 Kelvin High School commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Three classes of students compiled multimedia projects that examined the First World War from multiple perspectives. They also listened to two guest speakers in the morning. Frederick Carsted, a retired Cameron Highlander, discussed First World War military equipment and life in the trenches. While presenting, Carsted was dressed in the uniform of a First World War Cameron Highlander. Jim Blanchard, a local historian, talked about Winnipeg and the First World War. He told the story of Alex Waugh, a Kelvin High School soldier who died in action and who is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial. At lunch, the Kelvin History Student club (the group who organized this day) served First World War food to our guests. Minister Jim Carr and MLA Wab Kinew ate trench cake, hardtack, pea soup and beef stew with our students. After lunch, they were joined by Councillor John Orlikow and Member of Parliament Robert Falcon Ouellette. All four politicians talked about the importance of remembrance to our students. After the speeches, four groups of students (representing the four divisions at Vimy Ridge), left Kelvin on a pilgrimage walk to Vimy Ridge Memorial Park. Each division was led by student leaders who stopped along the way at the homes of First World War soldiers who died in action. There they showed pictures and told stories about the soldiers who lived in those homes. At 3:00 pm, we held a short ceremony at Vimy Ridge Park beside the 44th Battalion monument. The ceremony included Mr Montgomery playing the bagpipes, Mr Cam Kilgour (the great great grandnephew of John McCrae) reciting “In Flanders Fields”, the laying of flowers and a wreath by the four divisions and Anton Sokalski playing the Last Post. Wab Kinew, RFO and other members of our community joined us on the walk and participated in the ceremony. Thanks to the Kelvin History Student Club and to everyone who made this day possible.

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