PSHS students heading to Europe to honour veterans again
Parry Sound High School teacher Richard Lund.
Parry Sound High School students will once again be honouring local veterans.
A group is heading to the Netherlands next year to mark the 75th anniversary of its liberation from the Nazis by Canadian troops.
That trip will come just three years after some PSHS students went over to France to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
Teacher Richard Lund has organized both trips as well as the Community Remembrance Banner project which sees dozens of banners hung honouring local veterans who gave the supreme sacrifice in the two great wars.
Lund says this is the biggest trip yet, with 65 students taking part.
“The response this time was overwhelming, we couldn’t believe it. We had to expand the numbers. It’s because they hear about the previous trips, and the students who come back they say it’s a life-changing experience. On all these trips, each student will be paired with a veteran who was killed in World War 2 from Parry Sound.”
Several fundraisers will be held between now and next year to help get the trip off the ground, including the purchase of small flags to put on the graves of local soldiers in Europe and lapel pins to commemorate the trip.