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Pilots honour the flyers of Vimy Ridge at Slemon Park - May 21, 2017

Source: Desiree Anstey/Journal Pioneer: http://www.journalpioneer.com/news/local/2017/5/21/pilots-honour-the-flyers-of-vimy-ridge-at-slemon-park.htmlSUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. - Three pilots who recently flew over the Battle of Vimy Ridge monument in France touched down in Summerside Sunday.Although strong winds prevented the ‘Vimy Flight’ pilots Allan Snowie, Dale Erhart and Paul O’ Reilly from landing in their replica First World War military biplanes, their presentation still went ahead at Slemon Park.“These aircrafts are like dandelion seeds flying in the wind,” said team leader Snowie, a resident of Vancouver Island, B.C. “Flying a biplane is quite difficult especially when you have to stay in strict formation.”I researched a soldier who was near Vimy and while I was there I could almost feel his spirit bringing me back to a different time. A time when it wasn’t all green fields or people celebrating. It was war and it was terrible.Dylan CorbettThe pilots came to commemorate, educate and celebrate all the heroes of Vimy Ridge.“We are here to educate people on what freedom costs and that’s our purpose as we go around Canada,” said Snowie.Special guests at the presentation included Summerside mayor Bill Martin, president of Slemon Park Corporation Shawn McCarvill, and Summerside student Dylan Corbett.Corbett recently visited Vimy Ridge monument in France with 62 other students and chaperones from Three Oaks Senior High School.“It was really emotional for me because before we left [Summerside] we all had to research a soldier or soldiers and learn what they went through. For me, I researched a soldier who was near Vimy and while I was there I could almost feel his spirit bringing me back to a different time. A time when it wasn’t all green fields or people celebrating. It was war and it was terrible.""Words can’t describe how emotional it was for me and a lot of other people just to be there where people fell,” he said.Corbett recently received a letter from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau commemorating him on his visit to Vimy.The battle of Vimy in April 1917 was the defining moment in Canadian history – a show of valour and heroism for the young nation.The presentation included video clips of the \\\\\\\'Vimy Flight\\\\\\\' biplanes flying over jagged trenches and areas fenced off from the public because unexploded bombs are still a threat.

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