This Remembrance Week (November 5-11, 2015), the Vimy Foundation is calling on all Canadian schools to help pass the torch of remembrance by reciting In Flanders Fields in their classrooms. This year marks the centennial of In Flanders Fields, Canada’s most famous poem, written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae during the First World War in 1915.
Each classroom will be eligible to win an iPad and Vimy Prize Pack courtesy of the Vimy Foundation.
Founded in 2006, the mission of the Vimy Foundation is to preserve and promote Canada’s First World War legacy, as symbolized with the victory at the Battle of Vimy Ridge in April 1917, a milestone when Canada came of age and was then recognized on the world stage.
While the Vimy monument itself is of course stunningly beautiful, visitors were given little context at the previous information booth as to why Canadians fought and died there; why Vimy remains special to the Canadian soul; and how Vimy, and other First World War battles at which Canadians fought, forever altered Canada’s status on the world stage. The Vimy Visitor Education Centre located adjacent the Vimy Monument, inaugurated at the Vimy Centennial Celebrations in April 2017 will answer these questions.
The Vimy Visitor Education Centre is a project in partnership with Veteran Affairs Canada ($5 million was committed by the Government of Canada in 2013).
For photos of the grand opening of the Vimy Visitor Education Centre click here.
For photos of the construction of the Vimy Visitor Education Centre click here.