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.
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.