Wolfville teen with First World War con­nec­tion off to Bel­gium

Ni­cole Grass, 17, one of four youth del­e­gates from Canada cho­sen for trip

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A teen with con­nec­tions to the First and Sec­ond World War will soon ar­rive in Bel­gium as a youth del­e­gate in hon­our of the First World War’s cen­ten­nial.

Wolfville res­i­dent Ni­cole Grass is one of four En­coun­ters with Canada alumni del­e­gates cho­sen from across Canada and will ar­rive in Europe on her sev­en­teenth birth­day.

Her great-grand­fa­ther, Clay­ton McCully, served as part of the 85th Bat­tal­ion Nova Sco­tia High­landers dur­ing the First World War. Her grand­fa­ther, Vic­tor Mackay, served in the navy dur­ing the Sec­ond World War — all of which means Grass has al­ways felt a strong con­nec­tion to Re­mem­brance Day.

“Tak­ing part in [these] cer­e­monies is some­thing I do ev­ery year. This trip will have lots of heavy ma­te­rial — we’re go­ing to see bat­tle­fields and ceme­ter­ies — but I’m hon­oured and ex­cited to be part of it,” she said.

The trip will take Grass and her fel­low del­e­gates from Mon­treal to Brus­sels on Nov. 8, where they will ex­plore First World War bat­tle­fields, ceme­ter­ies, mon­u­ments and mu­se­ums near Ypres and Mons.

Each del­e­gate has also been as­signed a ceme­tery and fallen sol­dier from the war to re­search. As part of the project, Grass will be look­ing into Al­bert Fred­er­ick Ma­jor, a sol­dier orig­i­nally from Hal­i­fax.

And once she re­turns, she said she aims to share his story with her peers at school and in her com­mu­nity.

“I feel re­spon­si­ble for telling Al­bert’s story and putting to­gether a great project to share abroad. I want to make sure his story is told,” she said.

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