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Everyone here at Explorica would like to take a moment to wish all our upcoming Vimy Ridge travellers well. Our exclusive Return to Vimy 2012: 95th Anniversary Tours give Canadians the opportunity to experience the life of a soldier during this important event in our nation’s history. We thank you for your dedication to history, and for your commemoration of those who fought to forge our nation.
As a tribute to the impact of a visit to Vimy Ridge, we post the following note in full from Mark Shannon, Calgary school teacher and Explorica Group Leader:
As a child, I was always drawn to stories about war history. By the time I was able to enrol in post-secondary school, this drive was such as to have me transfer to history full time. By 1993 I had completed two degrees in military history, specializing in the First and Second World Wars. At this time, my father showed me the diary of his uncle, Percival Roy Shannon, who fought and died in the First World War. His medals and his story were very compelling and it left me with an intense desire to visit the battlefields where he fought.