Trip of a Lifetime

On April 6, 2017 81 students, parents and staff from DVSS left Drumheller for the trip of a lifetime. We spent 10 days touring around The Netherlands, Belgium and France. The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, the City of Bruges, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and Sacre Coeur are some of the wonderful places we visited, but I know for many it was the cemeteries and monuments from the first and second world wars that had the biggest impact. Each person that went on the trip was assigned a soldier to do research on who was buried in the Beny Sur Mer cemetery, they then brought something personal to leave at his grave, such as a picture, a letter, or a postcard, most people also left a Canadian flag and/or a poppy. It was a very tearful afternoon and touched all that were there. The commemoration ceremony for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge was the highlight of the trip. It was a beautiful, sunny day, and to stand there looking at the beautiful memorial and think of the soldiers that 100 years before gave their lives on the spot where we now stood was completely surreal. It truly was a once in a lifetime trip!