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Edmonton students to commemorate Battle of Vimy Ridge online after COVID-19 cancels their trip

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A pair of Edmonton students are supposed to be in France right now, commemorating the 103rd anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

Like many students, however, they’re at home.

Anuj Krishnan and Linda Kemigisha are two of just 20 students to win the Vimy Pilgrimage Award.

The students were selected to go out of hundreds of applicants from across Canada. The fully-funded program takes teens to Belgium and France for a week leading up to April 9 to study Canada’s contribution to the First World War.

The trip was put on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I was looking forward to it quite a bit,” said Kemigisha, a Grade 12 student at Strathcona Composite High School.

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Even though they are home, they still take time to remember the sacrifices Canadians made.

Vimy Ridge Day ceremonies across the country look a bit different this year.

The Vimy Foundation hosts various activities around this time, like visits to cenotaphs.

Celebrations have now mainly shifted online.

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