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Huron Park Students Begin Preparations for Vimy Ridge Journey

Students from Huron Park Secondary School will be participating in the Vimy Ridge 100th Anniversary National Student Tour next year.

WOODSTOCK - Students from Huron Park Secondary School are going to France next year and are participating in the Vimy Ridge 100th Anniversary National Student Tour. 

Huron Park will have one the nation's largest delegations at the Anniversary which will include a visit from the Royal family. History teacher Stephen Hills tells Heart FM they have gone to Vimy in the past and the students are blown away by the history. 

"Often it is the young lads who break down emotionally and in tears because of the ages that they see on the grave markers, just a few years older than they are and often they decide that they don't want to play war based video games anymore. It is breathtaking to approach the Memorial and to actually run your hands across the names that are engraved on it. There are thousands and thousands of Canadian soldiers with no known grave who are honoured on the Memorial." 

Hills says they will mark the trip on Monday March 21st at 11 a.m. at the HPSS small gym using a Canadian Geographic's Interactive Floor Map where all 80 student travellers well trace their journey. 

"We will be there with a giant floor map, this thing is 35 feet by 26 feet; it's a giant floor map on loan from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society." 

They are also having a giant Zumba dance fundraiser and silent auction at the Polish Hall on Thursday night for $5. There are two classes: one at 6 p.m. and one at 7:30 p.m. You can call the school for more details at 519-537-2347

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