Vimy Ridge combat boots to be displayed at Trochu and District Museum

Vimy Ridge Combat Boots

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, a pair of Vimy combat boots will be on display at the Trochu and District Museum from mid August until mid September.

The boots come on loan from Veteran Affairs Canada and were used at the 100th anniversary ceremony at Vimy Ridge, France on April 9, 2017. About 3600 pairs of empty boots, each adorned with a poppy, represented the number of Canadian soldiers killed in the iconic World War I battle.

Prince William and Prince Harry placed the last two pairs on the Vimy monument during the ceremony. Lesson plans have been developed for various ages of students to accompany the boots and are available to teachers for free.

The museum in Trochu is surrounding the boots with artifacts and stories of local soldiers who have a connection with Vimy Ridge. Some fought there and some were wounded, physically or mentally. Some have their name inscribed on the famous Vimy monument, meaning they were killed in action somewhere in France, but their bodies were never identified or recovered. Some of the names familiar to people in Trochu and district include Postill, Hibbs, Twidale, and Pennock. There is also a collection of photos from various TroVal School groups that made pilgrimages to Vimy.

Other new attractions at the museum include improvements on the World War I and World War II exhibits, a feature on TroVal drama productions, the history of TroVal School, St. John’s Lutheran Church, and the Trochu Volunteer Fire Department. New LED lighting has been installed in many display cases making them much easier to view.

The Trochu and District Museum is open Monday to Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and admission is by donation. Any groups planning a visit can contact the museum at 442-2220 or trochumuseum@gmail.com.