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Marc White places 2nd provincially for his poem “The Medal” and lands a trip to the Beaumont Hamel Centennial in France in 2016.

Posted on Mar 23, 2016

Marc White places 2nd provincially for his poem “The Medal” and lands a trip to the Beaumont Hamel Centennial in France in 2016.

Marc’s poem, “The Medal”, placed him second provincially for the poem category in a yearly Remembrance Day Legion’s contest.

Please take a moment and read “The Medal” found below. This poem signifies the sad truth of war. We celebrate the heroes who fight for our country and the heroes themselves enjoy no such glory, they just want to forget what they have seen. Marc has been quoted as saying that, “my inspiration for the poem just came from an idea that I had about soldiers who returned from battle and never want to talk about their experiences. We call them heroes but they just want to forget.”

This year marks the 100-year anniversary of Beaumont Hamel! Therefore, the Newfoundland Legions are actually sending 16 students from across the province on an all-expenses paid trip to France to witness the 100 year anniversary Remembrance Services at Beaumont Hamel. Marc is the proud recipient to an all-expenses paid trip to this historic site. Of the 16 attending, 8 are contest winners, and 8 will come from other organizations, such as Cadets. This is a unique opportunity!

Marc White is a 16 year old Level II student from St. Gabriel’s All-Grade school in St. Brendan's Island. Marc is a CDLI student who enjoys school and does well academically. Marc faithfully participates in the Remembrance Day services and contests that happen every year. He enjoys History and learning about Newfoundland and Labrador's past and culture.

Marc is currently completing Advanced Math 2200, Art and Design 3200, Biology 3201, Career Development 2201, English 2201 and World History 3201 with CDLI.

CDLI and St.Gabriels staff would like to congratulate Marc White on his significant accomplishment.


The Medal

I found it today
It has been so long since the last time I saw it
My old medal.
I remember why I got it
I remember the friends I fought beside.

I got this medal for bravery
But I was not brave
I just wanted to survive
I wanted to go home
And away from the horrors

I saw the people I fought beside die
While I lived
They lost everything
They were true heroes
But I was given a medal