Our young sol­diers are car­ry­ing the torch


My most mean­ing­ful story of 2018 was when I sat down with six re­servists at the Truro Ar­moury to dis­cuss how they felt about Re­mem­brance Day. Prob­a­bly the most poignant com­ment was from Cor­po­ral Rachel Pring, just 18 years old. Her great un­cle lied about his age to fight in both the First and Sec­ond World Wars and served in the Nova Sco­tia High­landers – the very same unit as Pring.

What ex­actly made Pring’s un­cle do that? Only he truly knew, but Pring had this to say about her an­ces­tor’s fight, just be­fore Re­mem­brance Day 2018.

“…to me it’s about be­ing proud of who you are and who your an­ces­tors were and what they did and how they served,” she said. “It’s about the pride of the past.”

Her younger brother, Matthew, was just 16. Matthew was the youngest sol­dier we spoke with, but the mem­ory of those Cana­di­ans who fought and died in Europe clearly af­fected him the most.

“What it means to me is re­mem­ber­ing ev­ery sin­gle sol­dier that fought in the war in one way or an­other,” he said.

It is thanks to sac­ri­fices like this, that Canada ex­ists to­day.


Cor­po­ral Rachel Pring is from a mil­i­tary fam­ily and be­lieves Re­mem­brance Day is part of a time-hon­oured tra­di­tion. Her great un­cle lied about his age to fight in both world wars. Pri­vate Matthew Pring is just 16 years old and is one of the youngest mem­bers of the First Bat­tal­ion of The Nova Sco­tia High­landers (North). He is the younger brother of Rachel.

Fram Dinshaw

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