Givenchy en Gohelle, a tiny village in France, was liberated from German occupation during the battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917. Now many of the homes in the village are flying the maple leaf in honour of the Canadian contribution. The flags all come from a New Brunswick hardware store and were shipped to France in time for the Vimy commemoration. Our battlefield guides Cindy Brown and Lee Windsor, joining us from The Gregg Center at the University of New Brunswick, have a special relationship with the town and all 200 of our Return To Vimy tour clients will all be visiting the village tomorrow to help them commemorate. Villagers have been taking free lessons in English this year to help them greet the Canadians who visit.
With only 120 days left before Fields of Fire Tour's group departs on the return to Vimy tour, our newletter is ready. The tour logistics are all settled and we have a seasoned and professional team ready to guide the Vimy 100 centenary tour. The demand for this tour was overwhelming and so our group is 200 travellers strong; four buses will carry us through each day's destinations - one group visiting a site at a time. There are several ceremonies on this tour's itinerary. Having only heard of the daily ceremony that is held at the Menim Gate, every day since 1926 - I personally look forward to the Last Post ceremony there. Of course, being included at Vimy on April the 9th, 2017 will be the highlight at the end of this once in a lifetime event, with 200 gunners, signallers and their travelling companions.