What does remembrance mean to me?

Vimy Foundation youth committed to telling the story of heroism and sacrifice of Canada's veterans throughout the year

MONTREAL, Nov. 11, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - The youth of The Vimy Foundation continue their year-long efforts to tell the story of the sacrifice and heroism of our fallen soldiers, a reminder to all Canadians that remembrance is more than one day a year.

Following the theme 'What does remembrance mean to me?' these impressive students have been making presentations at ceremonies and events across Canada in commemoration of Remembrance Day. Their experience comes from participation in the Beaverbrook Vimy Prize, a unique educational opportunity organized by The Vimy Foundation that seeks to teach Canada's First and Second World War history by helping students experience it first-hand. Each year, 15 students travel to Europe to walk the battlefields and war cemeteries of France and Belgium in a life-changing opportunity that makes Canadian history come alive. Raw, emotional and always compelling, these students return to share their vivid perspectives at events from coast to coast, encouraging remembrance.

"In school, we are told the numbers of casualties and deaths in a factual manner. Yet once seeing the cemeteries and physically being there in Europe as part of the Beaverbrook Vimy Prize, the consequences of the world wars are put into perspective," explains Jillian Epp, a 2010 Beaverbrook Vimy Prize winner. "It truly is an indescribable feeling to know that behind every inscription on every grave is a soldier and behind every soldier there is a story, a family, a sacrifice. The significance of each cemetery remains the same, whether it contains thousands or hundreds or fewer graves, and they all symbolize the importance of Remembrance."

As The Vimy Foundation's flagship program, the Beaverbrook Vimy Prize is an important way for youth to take on the torch of remembrance, especially as Canada's living link to these conflicts - our veterans - fade away at a very fast rate. The most recent Beaverbrook Vimy Prize experience took place between August 8 and August 21, and already these 15 alumni have become ambassadors for Canada's First and Second World War legacy. This week alone, these youth will be making over 30 different presentations to schools and community organizations from Vancouver to Halifax, reaching out to thousands of young people and sharing their unique experience.

The 2012 Beaverbrook Vimy Prize application period continues until December 31 for students 15-17 years old across Canada. Applications and details are available at www.vimyfoundation.ca. The next scholarship experience in England, France and Belgium will take place in August 2012.

About the Foundation
The Vimy Foundation is a registered charity founded in 2006 to raise awareness among all Canadians - and youth in particular - of the courage, determination and sacrifices made by our forces during the First World War, best exemplified by the victory at Vimy Ridge, a pivotal moment on Canada's road to nationhood. Inspired by those events, the Foundation created the Beaverbrook Vimy Prize to bring together youth from Canada, the United Kingdom and France so that they can better appreciate their intertwined history and the lessons that can be learned from it. The Foundation also sponsors Vimy: Canada's Coming of Age, a unique educational experience for youth at Encounters with Canada in Ottawa each April. To learn more, visit www.vimyfoundation.ca .

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