2006 Annual Battlefields Tour
The 4th Annual St. Andrew's
College Battlefields tour took place from
March 13-21, 2006
with a group of 19 students and 2 faculty.
The tour started with three
with visits to the World War II D-day beaches of Sword, Juno, Gold and
as well as to the beaches of
where the unsuccessful invasion of
August 19, 1942
took place. We then travelled to
for two days of touring World War I trenches and museums in the area surrounding
Finally we spent two days in the French town of
from which we were able to visit the tunnels and trenches of Vimy Ridge, the
location of one of the greatest battles in Canadian history which started on
April 9, 1917.
of us were staggered by the incredible loss of life in both wars. In the
country sides of
there are literally thousands of World War I and World War II cemeteries where
millions of soldiers from both sides are buried. Yet, there are stills
monuments such as Menin Gate in
names of hundreds of thousands of soldiers whose bodies were never recovered.
The predominant feeling amongst our group members as we visited some of the
cemeteries and walked up and down the rows of crosses and tombstones was that
there simply was not enough time to show these fallen soldiers the respect and
remembrance warranted by their sacrifices.
Having walked on the beaches,
crawled through the trenches and stood at the gun emplacements, 21 members of
the S.A.C. community now have a much deeper and more vivid sense of the terror
of war. Having acknowledged and paid respects to hundreds of fallen soldiers
buried on the soil they fought to liberate, we have a far greater understanding
of the devastation of war. Remembrance Day will forever hold a more emotional
and personal significance for all of us because of our shared experiences on
Read Conor Scott's essay here.