It is less than a week until a group of 80 embarks on an unforgettable journey to Europe.

Vimy tripPhoto courtesy Dawn Sullivan.

DVSS students, parents and supervisors leave for their long anticipated trip on April 6 to commemorate the Battle or Vimy Ridge.

"I think it is really important that we honour the sacrifices of those who have gone before us," explained trip organizer, Lynn Hemming. "Vimy Ridge saw more than 3,500 Canadians killed and over 7,000 wounded, so that is a huge sacrifice. "I believe we don't glamorize war but we need to respect the sacrifice."

"It is really a tour of both WWI and WWII sites. We begin in Amsterdam at Anne Frank's House and we go from there to Vimy for the celebration and to see some sites in that area. Then we are going to be going on to Normandy."

The group will also be travelling to Juno Beach and Paris.

In addition, the students have each been assigned a soldier to research and are tasked with bringing along a special item to leave at the grave site when they visit the Beny-sur-Mer Cemetery.

Hemming added that one of the soldiers was from Drumheller.

"He was 26 when he died and no one from his family has ever visited his grave," said Hemming. "We were able to be in contact with his grand-daughter who lives in Vancouver and she sent her grandparent's wedding picture which we are going to leave at his grave site."

Conrad Radocy is on the cenotaph in Drumheller and is remembered as a great hockey and baseball player.

The group will return on April 15.

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