France mem­o­ries

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY BRI­ANNE SCOTT SPE­CIAL TO THE COM­PASS Bri­anne Scott will be a Level III stu­dent at Bac­calieu Col­le­giate in Old Per­li­can and writes from Burnt Point. She was awarded the op­por­tu­nity to travel to France af­ter plac­ing sec­ond in the se­nior es­say con­test of

Burnt Point’s Bri­anne Scott and North­ern Bay’s Kate­lyn Ho­gan re­cently re­turned from a Royal Cana­dian Le­gion trip to Beau­mont Hamel dur­ing Canada Day. The two Bac­calieu Col­le­giate stu­dents vis­ited the memo­ri­als for the New­found­lan­ders and Labrado­ri­ans killed dur­ing the First World War. They sub­mit­ted a per­sonal ac­count of their ex­pe­ri­ences.

Af­ter spend­ing a week tour­ing France, Bel­gium and Lon­don, I can truly say that I am a changed per­son, and I most def­i­nitely had the ex­pe­ri­ence of a life­time.

It was def­i­nitely a week where I have been a more proud New­found­lan­der than I ever was be­fore.

Ex­pe­ri­enc­ing all of the bat­tle­fields, memo­ri­als, mon­u­ments and ceme­ter­ies was amaz­ing and made me re­al­ize how im­por­tant New­found­lan­ders and Labrado­ri­ans re­ally were in the First World War.

also now re­al­ize how much we are ap­pre­ci­ated inthe towns where th­ese bat­tles took place.

New­found­land is much more well known than I ex­pected, and the hos­pi­tal­ity with which we were treated made it ob­vi­ous that the New­found­lan­ders ef­forts dur­ing the war are highly val­ued by those liv­ing in the towns to­day.

As a teenager, an ex­pe­ri­ence that I had that made ev­ery­thing we had learned real to me was at the ceme­tery next to the John McCrae me­mo­rial.

In this ceme­tery, one of the youngest men to die in bat­tle is buried.

He was only 15-years-old, two years younger than my­self.

I can only imag­ine how scared he was to be fight­ing for his coun­try at such a young age, I know that if it were me, I would

not be able to han­dle it. It was so scary to think of what he might have been think­ing.

The ex­pe­ri­ences I had dur­ing my trip to Europe last week were emo­tional, but they also filled me with pride.

In­stead of cel­e­brat­ing Canada Day, we cel­e­brated the an­niver­sary of the Bat­tle of the Somme.

I am now even more proud to say that I am a New­found­lan­der, and the mem­o­ries I made last week are cer­tainly ones I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

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LEST WE FOR­GET — Bac­calieu Col­le­giate stu­dents Bri­anne Scott (left) and Kate­lyn Ho­gan re­cently made the trip as a part of the New­found­land con­tin­gent to the Beau­mont-Hamel New­found­land Me­mo­rial as a part of July 1 cer­e­monies in France. Scott and Ho­gan got the op­por­tu­nity af­ter they placed in the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion’s Poster and Lit­er­ary Re­mem­brance Day con­test.

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