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Intro

Day 1-3 (Paris) Day 4        5       6 (France) Day 7     8      9 (Belgium)    Day 10         11       12 (Nether.)
C.O.'s Intro | Itinerary

June 1-3

Dieppe | Juno | Clair Tison Ypres | Vimy | Low Tempo Walcheren | Arnhem | Groningen

2010 Centennial Battlefield Pilgrimage Itinerary

The itinerary for the 2010 Centennial Battlefield Pilgrimage was ambitious. In all, 84 members of the Regimental Family were transported to Paris to take part in the tour, including serving soldiers, former soldiers, relatives of Highlanders, and a full Pipes and Drums. Two honorary colonels made the trip, as did two soldiers recovering from wounds received in combat in Afghanistan. Floyd Rourke, a Second World War veteran of the regiment who had been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, was healthy enough to accompany his former regiment throughout the tour, with the assistance of his daughter and the ministrations of all who pitched in where necessary - though Mr. Rourke's independent spirit often left those wishing to assist standing idle. Also among the attendees were a retired general, a member of the Order of Canada, and a recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal.

The trip left Calgary International Airport on 1 June 2010 and arrived in Paris, after a brief stopover in Toronto, on 2 June. Two nights were scheduled at the Novatel Hotel, with free time on the 2nd and 3rd to acclimate to the time change and see the sights before the round of military cemeteries and historical monuments of the bus tour began in earnest. Popular destinations included the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides (home of the Army Museun and Napoleon's Tomb) and the Arc de Triomphe.

The tour continued in France with three nights in nearby Caen, the city that had been the objective of British and Canadian forces landing on D-Day in 1944 and the object of a month of military operations. The tour departed Normandy for the Somme on June 7, taking up residence at the Novatel in Ypres, stone's throw from the Menin Gate and the famous Cloth Hall. Three more days of tours in the area commenced, before leaving for the final destination in Europe, at Nijmegen, on June 10. On the 13th, it was all over, and as a final act of their European pilgrimage, the Calgary Highlanders drove into Germany, departing from Frankfurt-am-Main for a direct flight back home.


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