100th Anniversary Vimy Ridge Trip
DVSS will be sending 80 students, staff and parents on a once in a lifetime trip April 6th. The group will be participating in the 100th Anniversary ceremony at Vimy Ridge in France. Many historians view this battle in World War 1 as the "Birth of a Nation" because it was the first time that Canadian regiments from coast to coast saw action together. The Battle of Vimy Ridge began at 5:30 a.m. on April 9, 1917 and most of the ridge was captured by noon. Hill 145 was taken on the morning of April 10th and two days later the Canadians took 'the Pimple". This battle did have a heavy cost to it; of the 100,000 Canadians who fought there were more than 10,600 casualties, nearly 3600 fatal. The trip will also be making stops at : the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam, the Normandy region where D Day was launched in WW II and the Juno Beach Center. Juno Beach is the area that the Canadians liberated in World War II. The Beaumint-Hammel Memorial will be one of the stops as well.. This site honours the hundreds of Newfoundland soldiers who died on the battlefield on the first day of the Battle of the Somme in WWI.The trip will conclude in Paris.