Sooke cadets heading to Vimy Ridge anniversary

To raise funds, EMCS will host a fundraiser on Feb. 27 by hypnotist Scott Ward.

Three Royal Canadian Sea Cadets from Sooke will join others from across Canada by travelling to France for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

The cadets will take part in guided tours, ceremonies, as well as a parade to remember Canada’s involvement in the battle.

The battle of Vimy Ridge was a massive military engagement between the Canadian Corps and the German Sixth Army in the First World War in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France.

Though Canada earned its stripes as a formidable military power, more than 10,000 soldiers were either killed or wounded in the process.

As part of the trip, the cadets will research a soldier involved in the battle and visit his grave.

To help raise funds, a total of $4,000, EMCS will host a fundraiser on Feb. 27 by hypnotist Scott Ward. Part of the proceeds will go to the sea cadets involved in the trip.