Victory in Europe Tour: 65th anniversary of the liberation of Holland

To the Editor:

This coming spring, April 28 - May 12, Mr. Kissick and Mrs. Maloney-Buchanan will be taking, at this time, 20 students to France and Holland. This tour, set up through EF Tours, will take them through Paris, the beaches of Normandy, Juno Beach Centre, Vimy Ridge, Ypres, Amsterdam, and finish up in Apeldoorn where they will help to celebrate the anniversary with approximately 20,000 other Canadian students.

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Mixed in with these sites will be opportunities to visit local sites. They will also have an opportunity to be matched with a Dutch school as a bit of a cultural connection to each country and each other.

Students will represent two veterans of their choice or two who will be given to them to represent our region at these services. With our veterans of World War I and World War II fading from our eyes, the Deptartment of Education has seen fit to have our history curriculum reflect these and other conflicts and how they helped shape our country. This is a golden opportunity to be a part of our history and see how we are perceived by others through our veterans' efforts.

Planning is starting regarding fundraising activities which will help get us to and back from Winnipeg. We will also be raising funds to allow us the opportunity to do other activities with our tour - go up the Eiffel Tower as an example. Meetings have already begun and will continue right up until our departure. Look for us at the mall; during the Remembrance Week; and at your door. We thank you ahead of time for those who will support our students as they become a part of history, not only at home, but in Holland as well.

Murray Kissick

Thompson

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