Pilgrimage of Remembrance
Whether it is to connect with fallen comrades, family members, loved ones or simply to honour those who fell for our freedom, making a pilgrimage is an experience that should be taken by every Canadian.
Since the passing of a resolution at a Dominion Convention in 1928 to visit Vimy, France for the unveiling of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, promoting a Pilgrimage has been a part of our efforts to encourage Remembrance. Although the frequency of Legion Pilgrimages has changed over time to adapt to both historical events, such as the Second World War, and economic circumstances, the importance of the Pilgrimage continued to be promoted.
The Legion’s Pilgrimage of Remembrance
The next Pilgrimage of Remembrance is scheduled for July 8-22, 2017. Please note that the Legion’s Pilgrimage is conducted in English.
Space is limited! The 2017 Pilgrimage is now full. Those interested in attending may be placed on a waiting list should space become available.
Individuals wishing to attend the Pilgrimage should indicate their interest to the Dominion Command Coordinator, Bill Maxwell: firstname.lastname@example.org
Today’s Pilgrimage now encompasses some of the most important, as well as some of the least known, events of both the First World War and Second World War and is conducted over a 15 day period. During this time, pilgrims will experience and be guided through the trenches of the First World War and the beaches of Normandy. They will also be able to experience the emotions of the Veterans and of those that they liberated. As well, they will conduct ceremonies of Remembrance at the cemeteries where so many young Canadians found their final resting place. These Pilgrimages are held every two years with the last one held in July 2015.
Taking the Pilgrimage is important for a variety of reasons. For those who fought on the battlefields, the pilgrimage provides an opportunity to not only visit their fallen comrades, it also offers a chance for closure that may only be possible through revisiting the site(s) of so many memories. For those who lost family and loved ones on the fields, the Pilgrimage is a way to close the distance between home and the site of their loss. Even for those who only connect with the battlefields through history books and our Canadian heritage, visiting these sites is an opportunity to truly understand the sacrifices that were made by many for the freedom that we continue to enjoy today. In effect, it is one of the greatest acts one could do to honour those who fell.