Beaverbrook Vimy Prize Blog – August 19, 2019

at le Château de Versailles

For the last day of the program, the Beaverbrook Vimy Prize recipients participated in the commemoration of the 77th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid. On this occasion the students met with veterans, laid wreaths, and read the Commitment to Remember. They finished the day with one final group discussion to close the program in the gardens of le Château de Versailles. (Please note: students will blog in their language of preference).

 

L’opportunité de lire la Promesse de se Souvenir au Cimetière des Vertus de Dieppe a été une expérience que je n’oublierai jamais. Lorsque que je lisais le texte, j’ai eu l’impression que je représentais tout le Canada, et même tous les pays qui se sont battus pour la liberté pendant la Deuxième Guerre mondiale. Cela m’a fait sentir très fier et incroyablement honoré de pouvoir participer de cette façon à la cérémonie annuelle de commémoration du Raid de Dieppe. 

La cérémonie au mémorial de guerre canadien – Square du Canada – a aussi été un point culminant du programme pour moi. Contrairement à la première cérémonie, Sophie et moi avons accompagné un vétéran de la marine royale britannique, lorsqu’il a placé une couronne au mémorial. Ce qui m’a impressionné, c’est qu’Alfred, le vétéran, ait voulu partager le moment avec de jeunes étudiants.

– Phillip Darley

 

Today, we visited the iconic Château de Versailles where the Treaty of Versailles was signed in 1919. As we sat in the grass of the beautiful gardens, we had a wonderful discussion and reflection on the program. In my opinion, the best way to learn about history is to be surrounded by people who are passionate about the subject and by experiences and activities that help you to understand more than just the surface of a topic. This program has allowed me to be around amazing students who are all so passionate about history and teachers who are all so good at engaging each and every one of us. Our discussions throughout the program not only encouraged me to view historical events in new ways, but also to look at my life in new ways. One of the reasons I study history and am so interested in it is because it helps me to understand people today and history helps me to understand the world through learning from different perspectives. The Beaverbrook Vimy Prize program has allowed me to realize that the wars have affected countless lives and that the numbers that we study in a classroom are more than just numbers.

– Maya Burgess-Stansfield