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Vimy Trek – In Their Footsteps

Matthew Henry


One hundred Army Cadets from across Manitoba embarked on a 10 day trip visiting England and France to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge. The Cadets started off the trip by spending two days in London visiting the Imperial War Museum and Buckingham Palace as well as other popular sights. They then proceeded to travel from Dover to Calais by ferry, seeing the famous white cliffs of Dover. Once in France they reached their main objective of the trip, Vimy Ridge.
I was so honored to be a part of the ceremony we had at Vimy Ridge. I think that all of the cadets that attended will agree that the moments where we were marching together toward the Vimy Monument; you could feel something inspiring inside you. Once all of the cadets reached the monument and were in formation, we sung Oh Canada and God Save the Queen.  As 100 cadets and 34 adults were singing Oh Canada, a chill went down my spine. I had never felt so proud in my life. I was proud to be Canadian, and proud to be wearing the uniform representing my beautiful country.  All of our voices were singing the words of our National anthem as the wind carried them across these hallowed lands, it was truly amazing.
After our ceremony at Vimy Ridge, we continued through France, going to Amiens, Rouen, and Caen before reaching Paris.  During this time we stopped at Juno Beach and some Canadian cemeteries.  In Paris we had both bus and boat tours of the city which were fabulous. We visited the Louvre and The Eiffel Tower and several other places during our two days in the city.
On behalf of the 11 cadets from 19 Portage B Battery out of Notre Dame De Lourdes , I would like to thank everybody who supported our fundraisers, made donations , and  to our sponsors  who made this trip possible as it was 100% fundraised for our corps. The cadets that went on this trip truly got the experience of a lifetime that will be a cherished memory.
Matthew Henry is a Master Bombardier with the 19 Portage B Battery which includes cadets from Manitou, Carman, Notre Dame, St. Leon and Treherne.