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Photo Story: Vimy Ridge 100th Anniversary Tour

In April 2017, students and teachers from St. Elizabeth Catholic High School in Thornhill, Ontario, visited France, Belgium, Netherlands, and Germany to remember Canada's achievement at Vimy Ridge on the 100th anniversary of the storied battle.

A cyclist rides through the cobblestone streets of the Montmartre district in Paris, France. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
A cyclist rides through the cobblestone streets of the Montmartre district in Paris, France. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
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Tour director Emmanuelle Bergerault (right) explains a map of the Paris Metro to student travellers. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
Tour director Emmanuelle Bergerault (right) explains a map of the Paris Metro to student travellers. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
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A view of the city skyline, Paris, France. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
A view of the city skyline, Paris, France. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
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Soldiers and tourists stand outside a restaurant in the Montmartre district of Paris, France. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
Soldiers and tourists stand outside a restaurant in the Montmartre district of Paris, France. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
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A guide explains a map of underground tunnels during a tour of the Wellington Quarry in Arras, France. British and Commonwealth soldiers used the network of tunnels to move troops and supplies during the First World War. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
A guide explains a map of underground tunnels during a tour of the Wellington Quarry in Arras, France. British and Commonwealth soldiers used the network of tunnels to move troops and supplies during the First World War. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
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Teacher Monika Young (left) and tour director Emmanuelle Bergerault (right) direct a group of student travellers in Arras, France. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
Teacher Monika Young (left) and tour director Emmanuelle Bergerault (right) direct a group of student travellers in Arras, France. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
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A sign indicates a hazardous area on the site of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in Vimy, France. 100 years later, some areas are still scarred from the battle and inaccessible due to unexploded munitions. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
A sign indicates a hazardous area on the site of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in Vimy, France. 100 years later, some areas are still scarred from the battle and inaccessible due to unexploded munitions. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
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A crowd of 25,000 people — many of them Canadian students — gather in front the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in Vimy, France. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
A crowd of 25,000 people — many of them Canadian students — gather in front the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in Vimy, France. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
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RCMP officers march during the 100th anniversary commemoration ceremony at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in Vimy, France. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
RCMP officers march during the 100th anniversary commemoration ceremony at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in Vimy, France. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
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Student travellers from St. Elizabeth Catholic High School pose for a photo before the 100th anniversary commemoration at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in Vimy, France. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
Student travellers from St. Elizabeth Catholic High School pose for a photo before the 100th anniversary commemoration at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in Vimy, France. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
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Dignitaries (top row, left to right) Prince Harry of Wales, Prince William Duke of Cambridge, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, (bottom row, left to right) French President François Hollande, Governor General David Johnston, and Charles Prince of Wales arrive at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in Vimy, France. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
Dignitaries (top row, left to right) Prince Harry of Wales, Prince William Duke of Cambridge, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, (bottom row, left to right) French President François Hollande, Governor General David Johnston, and Charles Prince of Wales arrive at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in Vimy, France. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
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Visitors at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in Vimy, France. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
Visitors at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in Vimy, France. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
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Visitors leave the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in Vimy, France, following the 100th anniversary commemoration ceremony. Many of the 25,000 people in attendance were part of student tour groups who travelled from across Canada. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
Visitors leave the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in Vimy, France, following the 100th anniversary commemoration ceremony. Many of the 25,000 people in attendance were part of student tour groups who travelled from across Canada. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
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A detail of the British, French, and Canadian flags on site at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in Vimy, France. The land on which the memorial sits was given by France to Canada in perpetuity in 1922. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
A detail of the British, French, and Canadian flags on site at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in Vimy, France. The land on which the memorial sits was given by France to Canada in perpetuity in 1922. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
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Visitors ride a crowded shuttle bus leaving the Canadian National Vimy Memorial following the afternoon's centenary ceremonies in Vimy, France. Authorities set up a security perimeter around the site and access was only possible by shuttle bus. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
Visitors ride a crowded shuttle bus leaving the Canadian National Vimy Memorial following the afternoon's centenary ceremonies in Vimy, France. Authorities set up a security perimeter around the site and access was only possible by shuttle bus. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
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Teacher Monika Young (top) leads a memorial ceremony with a group of student travellers at a graveyard near Thelus, France. Thousands of Canadian soldiers are buried at small cemeteries all over Western Europe. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
Teacher Monika Young (top) leads a memorial ceremony with a group of student travellers at a graveyard near Thelus, France. Thousands of Canadian soldiers are buried at small cemeteries all over Western Europe. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
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Student Erika Duarte touches the headstone of a Canadian soldier at a graveyard near Thelus, France. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
Student Erika Duarte touches the headstone of a Canadian soldier at a graveyard near Thelus, France. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
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Students from St. Elizabeth Catholic High School explore the Nine Elms cemetery near Thelus, France. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
Students from St. Elizabeth Catholic High School explore the Nine Elms cemetery near Thelus, France. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
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Student traveller Michela Ammendolia (left) takes a gravestone rubbing of a Canadian soldier's name in a cemetery near Theuls, France. Prior to visiting, Ammendolia and her fellow travellers researched the lives of specific Canadian soldiers before visiting their gravesite. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
Student traveller Michela Ammendolia (left) takes a gravestone rubbing of a Canadian soldier's name in a cemetery near Theuls, France. Prior to visiting, Ammendolia and her fellow travellers researched the lives of specific Canadian soldiers before visiting their gravesite. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
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Students from St. Elizabeth Catholic High school conduct a memorial service in the Nine Elms cemetery near Thelus, France. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
Students from St. Elizabeth Catholic High school conduct a memorial service in the Nine Elms cemetery near Thelus, France. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
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A wooden cross sits in front of the headstone of a Canadian soldier at a gravesite near Thelus, France. The crosses were made by construction technology students from St. Elizabeth Catholic High School, then brought to Europe to be laid at the gravesites of their respective soldiers. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
A wooden cross sits in front of the headstone of a Canadian soldier at a gravesite near Thelus, France. The crosses were made by construction technology students from St. Elizabeth Catholic High School, then brought to Europe to be laid at the gravesites of their respective soldiers. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
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Students from St. Elizabeth Catholic High School explore the Neuville-St Vaast German war cemetery near Arras, France. Over 44,000 German soldiers were buried at the site. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
Students from St. Elizabeth Catholic High School explore the Neuville-St Vaast German war cemetery near Arras, France. Over 44,000 German soldiers were buried at the site. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
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Teachers and students conduct a memorial service at the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, Belgium. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
Teachers and students conduct a memorial service at the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, Belgium. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
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Student traveller Lianna Primiani points to a name on the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, Belgium. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
Student traveller Lianna Primiani points to a name on the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, Belgium. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
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Student traveller Lealan Macabiog walks out of a field hospital bunker near the John McCrae Memorial Site near Ypres, Belgium. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
Student traveller Lealan Macabiog walks out of a field hospital bunker near the John McCrae Memorial Site near Ypres, Belgium. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
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A clog-maker gives a demonstration to students on a farm near Amsterdam, Netherlands. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
A clog-maker gives a demonstration to students on a farm near Amsterdam, Netherlands. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
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A Canadian flag hangs in the window of a tour bus. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
A Canadian flag hangs in the window of a tour bus. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
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A detail of a bicycle parking area at a train station near Amsterdam, Netherlands. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
A detail of a bicycle parking area at a train station near Amsterdam, Netherlands. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
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Student and teacher travellers ride a train from the Netherlands to Berlin, Germany. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
Student and teacher travellers ride a train from the Netherlands to Berlin, Germany. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
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Parishioners attend Mass at St. Hedwig's Roman Catholic Cathedral in Berlin, Germany. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
Parishioners attend Mass at St. Hedwig's Roman Catholic Cathedral in Berlin, Germany. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
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A student runs through the Gendarmenmarkt square in front of the Konzerthaus Berlin concert hall in Berlin, Germany. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
A student runs through the Gendarmenmarkt square in front of the Konzerthaus Berlin concert hall in Berlin, Germany. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
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Student travellers ride the Stadtschnellbahn (or S-Bahn) in Berlin, Germany. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
Student travellers ride the Stadtschnellbahn (or S-Bahn) in Berlin, Germany. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
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A group of travellers stand in front of a section of the Berlin wall in Berlin, Germany. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
A group of travellers stand in front of a section of the Berlin wall in Berlin, Germany. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
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A group of travellers wait at a Stadtschnellbahn (or S-Bahn) station in Berlin, Germany. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
A group of travellers wait at a Stadtschnellbahn (or S-Bahn) station in Berlin, Germany. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
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Student traveller Alexandra Kale takes a photo of a water fountain in Berlin, Germany. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
Student traveller Alexandra Kale takes a photo of a water fountain in Berlin, Germany. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
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Teacher Monika Young (left) points out architectural features to students in St. Mary's Church, Berlin, Germany. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
Teacher Monika Young (left) points out architectural features to students in St. Mary's Church, Berlin, Germany. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
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Student traveller Tristan Grovu takes a photo of an area between two remaining sections of the Berlin Wall known as the
Student traveller Tristan Grovu takes a photo of an area between two remaining sections of the Berlin Wall known as the "death strip" in Berlin, Germany. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
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A tour guide leads a group of travellers from St. Elizabeth Catholic High School in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
A tour guide leads a group of travellers from St. Elizabeth Catholic High School in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
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Student traveller Lianna Primiani reaches towards a section of the Berlin Wall in Berlin, Germany. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
Student traveller Lianna Primiani reaches towards a section of the Berlin Wall in Berlin, Germany. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
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Student travellers from St. Elizabeth Catholic High School pose for a photo in front of a windmill near Amsterdam, Netherlands. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
Student travellers from St. Elizabeth Catholic High School pose for a photo in front of a windmill near Amsterdam, Netherlands. PHOTO: DAVE CHENG
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