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.

  • Tony

    Great job Curtis. You have shown a real connection between the past and the present with your video.
    22/06/2016 5:43:38 PM

  • Karen

    Very well done Curtis
    20/06/2016 6:01:58 PM

  • Eira Rowe

    Curtis this is an excellent piece of work. Blacksmiths and farriers worldwide have been forging poppies so your poppy is part of a truly international commemoration. Your video is well researched and encapsulates exactly what the Poppy Cenotaph is all about. We are busy fundraising the remaining funds required for the project through crowdfunding and the sale of merchandise, so we appreciate any assistance. Anyone wishing to keep up to date with the project can sign up for our newsletter and they can also donate through the website. On behalf of all the Ypres 2016 team thank you for all your work
    20/06/2016 8:00:41 AM

  • Machara MacNeil

    Your video was amazing you knew your facts well;Well done
    19/06/2016 5:07:51 PM

  • Emily O'Quinn

    This is a unique project. great opportunity for you.
    19/06/2016 5:07:08 PM

  • Obadiah Oickle

    great job,i hope you win. Nice music
    16/06/2016 2:12:36 PM

  • Mr. C

    A very honorable thing you are doing. Your hardwork, and talent will be part of a legacy that generations can and will learn about.
    16/06/2016 12:44:39 PM

  • Rob

    Great job Curtis!
    16/06/2016 7:54:48 AM

  • Jeremy

    Nice to see some of our youth is still interested in some of the most pivotal points in history. As a current serving member, I appreciate your interest in honnering the fallen.
    15/06/2016 2:49:22 PM

  • Liya

    Great special effects!
    15/06/2016 10:46:45 AM

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