Once again the Canadian Battlefields Foundation Student Study Tour will be travelling to Europe in May and June 2017. Twelve deserving students from across Canada were selected for this amazing opportunity to study the battlefields important to Canada in the First and Second World Wars. Led by Dr. Geoff Hayes, from the University of Waterloo, David Patterson, and Dr, John Rickard (an alumnus of the very first CBF Tour in 1995), the group will visit sites in Belgium and France. Along the way they will see the Vimy Memorial in the centenary year of the battle and visit the newly unveiled monument at Hill 70. The students will be blogging to this site starting on 26 May and will blog each day until 11 June. Keep an eye out for the posts as the impressions these sites make on our young scholars is both moving and inspiring.
Now in its 23rd year, the Canadian Battlefields Foundation Study Tour is intended for Canadian university students who want to learn more about the role Canadians played in the liberation of Europe in the World Wars. This year’s tour, led by Professor Geoff Hayes (University of Waterloo) and Dr John Rickard will
visit Ypres, the Somme, Vimy Ridge, Dieppe, the Normandy battlefields, and participate in ceremonies marking the 73rd anniversary of D-Day.
Mr Hoffer, involved in remembrance activities for numerous years, played a key role in promoting and representing the foundation in Normandy and in France. He was a great friend of veterans and of Canadian soldiers and their families, and never hesitated to open his residence to them upon their visit in Normandy. Many have had the pleasure of meeting Hervé in this residence known as Canada House in Bernières-sur-mer. The Canadian Battlefields Foundation will ever be indebted to Hervé Hoffer for his commitment towards the remembrance of the sacrifices of our courageous soldiers. The CBF extends sincere condolences to his spouse Nicole and all members of his family.