Accessibility/Mobile Features
Skip Navigation
Skip to Content
Editorial News
Classified Sites

Brandon Sun - PRINT EDITION

Vimy visit had impact

Master Bombardier Michael Brooks, from Brandon’s 2520 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps – 71 Bty RCA Cadets, stands at the Canadian war memorial at Vimy Ridge.

SUBMITTED Enlarge Image

Master Bombardier Michael Brooks, from Brandon’s 2520 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps – 71 Bty RCA Cadets, stands at the Canadian war memorial at Vimy Ridge.

A Brandon cadet who visited Vimy Ridge in the spring was a keynote speaker at Brandon’s Remembrance Day service at the Keystone Centre Nov. 11.

Master Bombardier Michael Brooks, from Brandon’s 2520 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps – 71 Bty RCA Cadets shares the experience he had when visiting Vimy Ridge  — which left him ‘speechless’ — with a rapt Remembrance Day audience at the Keystone Centre.

Enlarge Image

Master Bombardier Michael Brooks, from Brandon’s 2520 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps – 71 Bty RCA Cadets shares the experience he had when visiting Vimy Ridge — which left him ‘speechless’ — with a rapt Remembrance Day audience at the Keystone Centre. (OCDT. BETTY FROESE/FOR THE SUN)

Master Bombardier Michael Brooks, from Brandon’s 2520 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps 71 Bty RCA Cadets, spoke to an attentive crowd that included veterans, active members of CFB Shilo, dignitaries and fellow cadets.

The Grade 12 student travelled with fellow youth from Neelin High School to France during spring break at the end of last March and described his experience of standing on the hill at Vimy Ridge, something he now shares with his forefathers.

"To think that my great, great grandfather was there, and his father was there, left me speechless," he said. "They both fought at Vimy and they both survived it."

Last spring, the Neelin students travelled to various historic sites, such as the trenches at the town of Arras, as well as the Vimy Ridge National Historic Site, about 10 kilometres further north.

Michael has a second opportunity to visit First World War sites in France by entering the Vimy Pilgrimage Award, organized by the Vimy Foundation.

This award consists of a fully funded, week-long educational program this April in Vimy, France, to study Canada’s tremendous First World War effort.

A total of 20 students from across Canada will be selected through writing a 500-word essay.

The Vimy Pilgrimage Award recognizes the actions of young people who demonstrate outstanding service, positive contributions, bravery and/or leadership serving their peers, schools and communities.

» Submitted

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition November 22, 2012

  • Rate this Rate This Star Icon
  • This article has not yet been rated.
  • We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high. If you thought it was well written, do the same. If it doesn’t meet your standards, mark it accordingly.

    You can also register and/or login to the site and join the conversation by leaving a comment.

    Rate it yourself by rolling over the stars and clicking when you reach your desired rating. We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high.

Sort by: Newest to Oldest | Oldest to Newest | Most Popular 0 Commentscomment icon

You can comment on most stories on brandonsun.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is register and/or login and you can join the conversation and give your feedback.

There are no comments at the moment. Be the first to post a comment below.

Post Your Commentcomment icon

Comment
  • You have characters left

The Brandon Sun does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. Comments are moderated before publication. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

A Brandon cadet who visited Vimy Ridge in the spring was a keynote speaker at Brandon’s Remembrance Day service at the Keystone Centre Nov. 11.

Master Bombardier Michael Brooks, from Brandon’s 2520 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps 71 Bty RCA Cadets, spoke to an attentive crowd that included veterans, active members of CFB Shilo, dignitaries and fellow cadets.

Please subscribe to view full article.

Already subscribed? Login to view full article.

Not yet a subscriber? Click here to sign up

A Brandon cadet who visited Vimy Ridge in the spring was a keynote speaker at Brandon’s Remembrance Day service at the Keystone Centre Nov. 11.

Master Bombardier Michael Brooks, from Brandon’s 2520 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps 71 Bty RCA Cadets, spoke to an attentive crowd that included veterans, active members of CFB Shilo, dignitaries and fellow cadets.

Subscription required to view full article.

A subscription to the Brandon Sun Newspaper is required to view this article. Please update your user information if you are already a newspaper subscriber.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

Brandon Sun Business Directory
Sudden Surge: Flood of 2014
Opportunity Magazine — The Bakken
Why Not Minot?
Welcome to Winnipeg

Social Media