Explorica Launches its Largest Ever Teacher-led Tour and Student Remembrance Project



    6,000 Canadian Students To Participate in "Remembering Ortona"

    TORONTO, Nov. 6 /CNW/ - This Remembrance week, Explorica Educational
Travel is launching its largest ever student tour to commemorate the 65th
Anniversary of the Battle of Ortona, Italy, in November 2008, to pay homage to
Canadians who played a key role in the Allied Invasion of Italy during WWII.
With the launch also comes the announcement of "Hands Across the Generations,"
a project designed to provide student participants with a hands-on experience
that will deeply touch their hearts.
    "Behind every Explorica tour is our passion and commitment to making the
participant's experience truly meaningful," said Olle A. Olsson, Explorica's
Founder and President. This was the case with the "Return to Vimy Ridge" tour
to mark the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, France, earlier this
year, where a special program matched 2,300 students with a soldier who died
at Vimy Ridge, and then represented him alongside Queen Elizabeth II, the
Prime Ministers of Canada and England and the President of France at the
rededication ceremony of the restored war memorial.
    David Robinson, a history teacher from Port Perry and national
co-ordinator for "Return to Vimy Ridge" and "Remembering Ortona", believes
that "Explorica's educational tours present opportunities for learning not
only while travelling, but during preparation, and shows students care about
their country's history and the role our veterans paid in forging it. The
memory of their experience at "Remembering Ortona" will last a lifetime."
    Explorica anticipates the number of participants in "Remembering Ortona"
to more than double that of Vimy Ridge. The "Hands Across the Generations"
project will connect each tour participant with a Canadian soldier who died
during the Italian Campaign, and also with Canadian soldiers currently serving
in Afghanistan. Students will present a patchwork quilt, alongside the
Canadian Parliamentary Peace Flag that went to Vimy Ridge, to the Government
of Italy during the 65th Anniversary Ceremony of Remembrance of the Battle of
Ortona.

    About Explorica

    Headquartered in Boston with offices in Toronto, San Diego and Europe,
Explorica is an educational travel company built for the 21st century.
Explorica's offerings include teacher-led student educational travel programs,
student immersion programs and technological innovations enhancing each tour
with online Tour Centres.

    For more information on Explorica and Remembering Ortona, visit
    www.explorica.ca and www.ortona.ca.

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