Wolfville teen with First World War connection off to Belgium
Nicole Grass, 17, one of four youth delegates from Canada chosen for trip
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.