Germans are taken prisoner by Canadian troops at Juno Beach during the invasion of Europe, on June 6, 1944. THE CANADIAN PRESS/National Archives of Canada, Frank L. Dubervill, PA-133754, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Red Deer teacher to get schooled on battlefields

Juno Beach Centre will host 20 Canadian teachers

A Red Deer teacher will be among a group of educators from across Canada to travel to Europe to learn about the first and second world wars.

The Juno Beach Centre is hosting its 14th annual Summer Institute and Battlefield Tour for teachers from July 25 to Aug. 6.

A group of 20 Canadian educators, including Red Deer teacher Lisa Ryckman, are travelling through Belgium and France for professional development training on the battlefields.

The tour includes visits to the Ypres Salient, Vimy Ridge, Beaumont-Hamel, Dieppe and the D-Day landing beaches in Normandy.

Teachers will gain a first-hand knowledge of Canada’s military history while sharing ideas with each other about how to make the history come alive at home in the classroom for their students.

The group will be guests at a remembrance ceremony at the Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, a local tradition marking the sacrifices of Canadians 75 years ago.

The 20 participants were selected based on motivation letters describing the anticipated personal and professional benefits of this experience, with particular emphasis on how their teaching of Canadian history will be enhanced in their school and community.

The Juno Beach Centre is Canada’s only museum on the D-Day Landing Beaches in Normandy. It was founded by Second World War veterans in 2003 as a lasting testament to the Canadian contribution on D-Day and the Normandy invasion.

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