Reader appreciates coverage of war effort
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