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Lest We Forget 2010 – Part III

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Part III of the five-day series for Remembrance Day. The post is for Private Samuel Hamilton. Private Hamilton was only 19 years old when he was killed during World War I. He was originally from Glasgow, Scotland but, lived in Canada and fought for the Canadian Forces during the war. Born September 18, 1897, he signed his Army enrollment papers on April 4, 1916 in Renfrew, Ontario, Canada (18 years and 6 months at the time. 1 year and 5 days later he had been killed fighting for the freedom of others). Each student, that went on the Battlefields Trip, had to complete a research project on a fallen Soldier. It was part of a war history course which they agreed to take on top of their regular courses. The course was done after school hours and was mandatory. Once on the trip each students was required to find the grave site of their Soldier. They spent time alone at that grave site, time to think of all they learned in the course and time to thank and remember that person who gave themselves for all others. 18 years and 6 months, how scary must that first battle have been. Surely none of these young men and women could have known what they were about to experience. How brave they all were. Bravery is not being fearless but, being fearful and still moving forward in the face of that fear. Private Hamilton was the Soldier that Kyla studied. She has the Attestation Papers that Samuel Hamiltion completed and wrote a poem in honor of him (Kyla is letting me post the poem here as well and she give me the Attestation Papers as well). The fact that these teens are interested and learning the importance of our war history is a great thing. Thanks for reading and view and as always Happy Shooting.

Private Samuel Hamilton’s Grave Site at Vimy Ridge (Canadian Cemetery No. 2 Neuville – St. Vaast, Pas de Calais, France) Grave Stone # 1.B.48

 

Then, Now, Forever
A poem in honor of Samuel Hamilton
Kyla Sacrey

Great men.
Amazing men.
Never to be forgotten.
Remarkable men.
Phenomenal men.
Risked and lost their lives.
Brave men,

Wonderful men,

Served to help us all.
Magnificent men.
Beautiful men.
Beautiful then.
Beautiful now.
Beautiful forever.

 

Attestation Papers Page 1

 

Attestation Papers Page 2

 

Students visiting Soldiers Grave Sites.

 

Another War Cemetery visited.

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Written by leesacrey

November 9, 2010 at 11:00 AM

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  1. Kyla this is AWESOME! Very touching!

    loretta Beck

    November 9, 2010 at 6:58 PM


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