Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Brooklyn Gambo, Newfoundland and Labrador

Fair address: Central Regional Heritage Fair

Project: Samson Bixby: My Blue Puttee

Through research for my Heritage Fair project I discovered that I had a cousin who fought in World War One and that his daughter, still living, lives less than three hours away. Samson Bixby's story is a great story that Canada deserves to hear because a country's greatest asset is its people.

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

Samson Bixby was a Blue Puttee and he survived Beaumont Hamel to live until 1972 with a bullet in his chest. Wow! Not only that, I discovered a branch of the Bixby family tree that I never knew existed. So interesting!

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

I learned that our history is rich and full of great thrilling stories, but if we do not encourage people to unearth the histories then some of the very best stories will remain untold and will therefore be forgotten.

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

I am so thankful to Samson and all those that fought in battles years ago and to those that fight battles today. Peace is such a beautiful gift that we sometimes take for granted. I am more grateful for peace and freedoms since I learned about the sacrifices soldiers made and still make today. Life without peace and freedom would be tragic.

  • Elaine

    Hi Brooklyn. I'm Elaine. Samson Bixby was my grandfather. Great job on the video. I wish you the best of luck.
    07/07/2017 8:29:15 PM

  • Broders

    Great Job Brooklyn. Samson Bixby would be pleased.
    19/06/2017 1:37:57 PM

  • Darryl

    Brooklyn ... Awesome job!
    19/06/2017 8:09:48 AM

  • Elena Whyte

    Super job Brooklyn
    19/06/2017 6:28:00 AM

  • Mina Lockhart

    Super job!! I liked how you put pictures to represent what you were saying. His story definitely deserves to be told. Glad you told it.
    17/06/2017 11:23:50 AM

  • Robyn

    Amazing story and job Brooklyn
    15/06/2017 4:45:43 PM

  • Lorna Fudge

    what a fantastic job you did preparing this video, Brooklyn! So beautiful and poignant... Thanks for bringing this interesting story of your cousin to life! Bravo!
    14/06/2017 12:19:54 PM

  • Lorna Fudge

    what a poignant and well prepared video Brooklyn, WOW!A beautiful tribute to your cousin, Samson Bixby. A very interesting video! Bravo!
    14/06/2017 12:12:56 PM

  • Sandy

    What an amazing job! A wonderful story definitely worth sharing!
    14/06/2017 8:00:53 AM

  • MS. Oxford

    Incredible work, Brooklyn! I love your quote - our country's greatest asset is it's people! It's amazing what we can find, when only we spend the time to explore!
    13/06/2017 7:33:08 PM

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