Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Curtis Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia

Fair address: South Shore Regional School Board

Project: Forging History


My project is about my exciting opportunity to contribute a forged Canadian poppy to an international Cenotaph event. The new Cenotaph is being made in Belgium and commemorates all affected by World War One. My project also explores how we as Canadians contributed and did our part in World War One and how we continue to honour this.

What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

The most interesting thing that I have learned from my topic was how to forge the metal poppies for the Cenotaph. Because I love to blacksmith, I was very excited to find out how important blacksmiths and farriers were to the war effort. This makes it very meaningful that the blacksmithing community around the world is coming together to forge the 2016 poppies needed for the new Cenotaph.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

A big lesson I have learned is how much devastation war has caused all over the world. I have also learned that peace is a great privilege and that we often take it for granted. The Cenotaph is important to help us remember the sacrifice already made and to remind us not to repeat the same mistakes.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

I can relate to the blacksmiths and farriers from World War One because we both enjoy the same trade. Thankfully, I am much safer than the soldiers who fought in the battlefields and trenches. I have a warm dry place to stay, good food, and plenty of fun things to do, but these things would have been non existent for the soldiers during World War One. The greatest comparison is that I now live in peace because of their conflict and sacrifice.

  • Christine

    Very well done Curtis. Nice personal touches of your horn playing and great speaking, topic and presentation.
    07/07/2016 12:47:59 PM

  • Alexandria (Young Citizen)

    Wow! What an amazing experience to know that your poppy will be part of the new Cenotaph in Belgium. Your passion for your project is inspiring. Best of luck.
    06/07/2016 9:17:30 PM

  • Curtis R

    I want to thank the Young Citizens program for this awesome opportunity. I would also like to thank everyone who supported me in the making of the video and this contest. I learned many new skills and had a lot of fun. Good luck to the rest of the contestants. Curtis R signing off and forging on...
    06/07/2016 8:49:00 PM

  • Nanna

    Curtis, Nanna is so proud of you! Your video is most interesting, and is beautifully prepared, researched,edited and presented. You play your trumpet like a pro. It brought tears to my eyes! Love you so much!
    06/07/2016 2:34:26 PM

  • Mom and Dad

    Mom and Dad are so proud of the great effort you put into developing your project and making this video. You are becoming such a fine young man. It is a great gift to know how to passionately chase your dreams. Your have been richly blessed.
    05/07/2016 11:25:59 PM

  • Auntie Mir

    I could not be more proud of the excellent job and all the hard work you have done. You are blessed with much talent and I'm so pleased to see you using it in such creative and meaningful ways. Love you big!
    05/07/2016 9:26:07 PM

  • Nella Belcastro

    Curtis your video is amazing. I couldn't be more proud of you ....you adopted auntie....GREAT job and I wish you the best of luck!! xoxoox
    05/07/2016 5:31:52 PM

  • Karrie Lee(Young Citizen)

    You did an great job with the editing(especially with the footage from 0:26-0:35) and it is really amazing how you were able to make your own poppy.
    05/07/2016 12:56:33 PM

  • Randy Smith

    Very well put together Curtis ,you are very talented and we are proud to know you . God bless you in your project
    04/07/2016 3:14:06 PM

  • Kylen G - 2016 Young Citizen

    I really enjoyed this presentation. Very interesting and well done. How special that your own poppy will now be a part of this historical monument.
    04/07/2016 2:53:48 PM

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