March 29, 2017 – Vancouver – UBC Transition Program student, Baapooh Chung, 14, finished first place in the Memory Project’s Grant McRae Commemorative Contest senior category with a sonnet written in iambic pentameter, reflecting on remembrance and service. Baapooh was inspired by a visit from Vancouver-based Memory Project speaker, Keith Lang, who served in the Vietnam War.
Students from Queen Margaret’s School in North Cowichan won the contest’s junior group category. Elisabeth Ruiter’s Grade 7 class wrote letters to veterans thanking them for their service.
“Students are crucial to our process of remembrance,” said Anthony Wilson-Smith, President and CEO of Historica Canada. “They will carry the stories and thoughts of our Memory Project speakers with them into the future. The bond that develops when our speakers visit schools and meet with students is wonderful to see – and the best guarantee that their efforts won’t be forgotten.”
Winners of all categories were awarded iPads. Students from across Canada created visual art, letters, videos and even a sonnet to thank veterans for their service. The contest received a record number of entries – almost 500 - from inspired young Canadians who demonstrated what remembrance means to them. To view all winning entries, go to www.thememoryproject.com/educator-resources/commemorative-contest-winners.
The contest honours Grant McRae, a Second World War veteran who served overseas in the Royal Canadian Air Force and was taken as a prisoner of war in Stalag-Luft III in Poland. Mr. McRae was an inaugural member of The Memory Project Speakers Bureau, and died in 2013.
Through The Memory Project, a program of Historica Canada, veterans and active service members share their military experiences in classrooms and with community groups across Canada, reaching 1.5 million Canadians since 2001. For more information, visit thememoryproject.com.
Historica Canada is the country’s largest organization dedicated to enhancing awareness of Canada’s history and citizenship. For more information, visit historicacanada.ca.
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