Today, the group visited Vimy Ridge, and Hill 70. I was immediately met with a wave of humility, emotion, and pride. Vimy Ridge may quite possibly be the most well known battle in 150 years of Canadian history - Hill 70 isn't, but I believe it was just important. Seeing the monument at Vimy, that honours 11,285 Canadian and Allied soldiers whose bodies were either never found, or were un-recognizable, I was humbled as I saw the names of many men not much older than I, whose lives were taken in a viscous assault to overtake possibly one of the most coveted areas in the First World War. Hill 70 is just as important; an unbelievable amount of casualties for the Canadians and Allied forces. I was completely humbled, teary, and couldn't help but feel a little proud of my country for erecting such a beautiful monument for our soldiers. I felt humbled and hold the deepest respect for those who gave their lives for me, and my family, so that we might reap the benefits of their sacrifices. While at Vimy I was emotional, and speechless as I sat at the foot of the most well known monument to Canadian soldiers ever where the most well known Canadian battle of all time took place. I wrote a Soldier biography in the fall and winter on Private Albert Hunt of Ottawa. He enlisted in the summer of 1916, and was struck on strength to the Battle of Vimy Ridge, which was his first taste of combat. He was killed at Vimy in the first half hour of the battle, leaving behind his two parents. Driving by Zivy Crater and getting to see where he spent his final hours before being called up to the sky to be with his creatorwas an incredible and surreal experience, and for that, I am forever grateful.
- Submitted by Marshall