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.

  • Peggy

    Very inspiring, Curtis.
    30/06/2016 12:17:03 PM

  • Steven

    Curtis I hope you realize how exceptional you are to have the interest and passion for history and blacksmithing. Your project will now be a piece of art honoring courageous soles who allow us and future Canadians to live as we now do. Great video! Very educational and personal! .
    29/06/2016 12:51:47 PM

  • Cindy

    Excellent job,Curtis! All the best to you!
    28/06/2016 6:35:11 PM

  • Emma W

    This is amazing Curtis! Great Job!! I really love this video. The ending is a very nice touch. Congrats!
    28/06/2016 4:11:33 PM

  • Sherry Wheeler

    Curtis, You have a very informative project here! I am glad I was able to view it. My Father being a WW11 vereran would be very proud of your work on this as well as a young man working with an old craft. Honouring our veterans is so important and their efforts, loses and gains for us must never be forgotten. I am very proud of you my friend...GOOD JOB! You have a very promising future Curtis
    28/06/2016 3:56:59 PM

  • laura roblee

    Curtis, your project is amazing. I am honored to know that I was one of your teachers. I am very proud of you.
    28/06/2016 3:19:45 PM

  • Mr. B.

    Excellent video and project, Curtis! Thank you for sharing your passion and knowledge with the rest of us.
    28/06/2016 10:31:34 AM

  • Tara

    Very interesting project Curtis. Great work, you should be proud.
    27/06/2016 11:43:06 AM

  • Shawna

    Curtis, I really enjoyed your video, it was very informative and well put together. You should be very proud of all of your hard work, i know i am.
    24/06/2016 3:18:45 PM

  • Marissa and Lydia Spidell

    Our daughter marissa was very inspired by your video.
    24/06/2016 10:30:46 AM

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Project partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
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  • HBC: Hudson's Bay Company
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