QUEEN’S PARK – This afternoon Norm Miller, MPP for Parry Sound – Muskoka, rose in the house to recognize local students travelling to France to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Please find his statement below:
“Mr. Norm Miller: I rise in the House today to recognize an incredible opportunity that students in my riding get to experience this weekend. Forty students from Parry Sound High School and 17 from Bracebridge’s St. Dominic Catholic Secondary School have travelled to Europe. On Sunday, they will recognize and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge. To me, this is an invaluable experience for these young people. While in school, children learn of the ultimate sacrifice that many young people, who were not much older than these students, had made in order to fight for and defend our country.
Sadly, as Canadians lose our surviving veterans, we are at risk of losing any proximity to Canada’s efforts in the Great War as we now commemorate the 100th anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge. However, when Canadian students have the chance to stand at the foot of the Vimy Ridge memorial and see the names of the 3,598 fallen Canadian soldiers I know they will be truly immersed in our collective history, and the magnitude of wartime history will be impressed upon them. The bravery, determination and pride that achieved an unprecedented victory at Vimy Ridge 100 years ago will be more real for them.
While only 4,000 Canadian students could attend these events, I know that the students will carry on the duty of remembrance to their peers and share their unforgettable experience. I would like to thank all the volunteers who organized various fundraisers, as well as the chaperones and the teachers who made this trip possible for the students of Parry Sound High School and Muskoka’s St. Dominic’s Catholic high school in Bracebridge.”