Reader ap­pre­ci­ates cov­er­age of war ef­fort

The Compass - - EDITORIAL -

Ku­dos and thank you to you and your staff at The Com­pass for the won­der­ful cov­er­age you gave our Royal New­found­land Reg­i­ment over the past few weeks. It was most en­light­en­ing and done in a marvelous in­for­ma­tive and pa­tri­otic man­ner.

I par­tic­u­larly ap­pre­ci­ated the pic­tures, news­pa­per ar­ti­cles and let­ters home of some of the sol­diers. I had vis­ited some ceme­ter­ies over­seas years ago when there were mostly white wooden crosses on the graves, be­fore they put the gran­ite head­stones there.

One par­tic­u­lar ceme­tery had a lovely lit­tle chapel on the site. When we went inside I no­ticed the al­tar rail was very spot­ted. When I en­quired I was told that over the years the var­nish on the rail had be­come worn away by the tears of vis­i­tors.

The care­tak­ers were re­luc­tant to re­var­nish it be­cause of this. My tears were added to those gone be­fore.

What a sac­ri­fice was made for all of us. Be­fore our troops went over the top that day, Bri­tish sol­diers, about 22,000 had also been killed or wounded in that same area. What have we learned? When we don’t learn from his­tory, we are doomed to re­peat it!

I’m so glad this year to see so many peo­ple wear­ing a for­get-menot pin. Lest we for­get — for their sake we mustn’t.

Where once they stood we stand. God guard thee New­found­land and Labrador. Joy French-Cole­man writes from Har­bour Grace

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