A group from Napanee District Secondary School is back home after getting to live some Canadian history. The contingent was involved in a 12 day tour that included the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in France and much more. Here’s Mike Postovit.
Somewhere in this crowd of hundreds, even thousands — more than 50 from Napanee — high school students on a trip of a lifetime. This was their primary destination — the National Memorial at Vimy.
“It still hasn’t sunk in that I was part of such a great experience.”
But before Vimy — the group was at Hill ’70 where a new monument was unveiled and dedicated.
That’s Canada’s Governor General David Johnston.
“We were the only school in the world there — and we actually were part of the ceremony — the students took part in the ceremony and it was wonderful because the Governor General thanked the students from Napanee District Secondary School for their participation.”
One of the ribbon holders was Maggie McDonnell. Need more proof — there’s the actual ribbon that was used.
“With the ribbon I was just afraid that I was going to drop it, or it wasn’t pulled tight enough and he wouldn’t be able to cut it properly but it was fine — it was successful turn-out. Everybody pulled it off yes.”
“To meet the Governor General was a real honour — I know a lot of my friends were on their phones before — like which one is the Governor General and then when we came around it was very evident who he was and to meet him but quite the honour.”
This is more of the memorabilia brought back from the trip — soon to be on display at the school.
“I think an international trip help students bring what they learned in the classroom to life — it also gives them a life experience.
The group also visited Paris and London during the 12 day tour — now back home with a lifetime of memories. Mike Postovit, CKWS News, Napanee.