Letters Home
A Remembrance Day 1999 Project
by the New Horizons School Grades 4/5 Class

The Grades 4/5 Class teacher told a moving story about her Grandfather who was seriously wounded at Vimy Ridge. The students were encouraged to write a poem or letter about Remembrance Day. Some of the students chose to write a letter home to their parents, as if they were soldiers fighting on the front, while others chose to write poems about Remembrance Day.

        Dear Mom and Dad,

        Here in Marseilles it is a dark and foggy day and I can barely see my feet. I can hear the cracking of bombs down the trench line.

        My friend Justin had previously tried to attack but he was put to a halt when he was shot in the leg. We were trenched by a river and the river kept drenching us with the usual flood. This went on for 2 months.

        They kept harassing us, hour by hour with their messerschmits. I am badly wounded in the leg. A bullet hit my kneecap and shattered it. The doctor said I would never walk again, but I proved him wrong when I started to walk in the Australian Rehabilitation Center.

        With dearest love


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