Canadian Legion Contest
Last fall, Duncan read several books about WWI and WWII leading up to Remembrance Day. When we learned about the Legion contest on Facebook (Mississippi Mills residents should “Like” Almonte Branch 240), Duncan wanted to say thank you to all veterans and active service members with a picture.
Now, if you know Duncan, you know art is NOT his strong suit. Thankfully we have a wonderful art studio in Almonte called JB Arts. Duncan had spent time with Jeff during the summer months, and decided to apply a few of the tricks he learned in class. Out came Duncan’s paper, a ruler, a fresh pack of pencils and pencil crayons… and a constant muttering of “keep it simple, keep it simple”. Six hours (and countless pieces of paper) later, Duncan revealed his finished piece. He called it “Lest We Forget”.
While this straightforward picture ended up winning several awards, the highlight of the experience was meeting with local veterans. Instead of sending Duncan to school on Remembrance Day, I took him to the service held at the Almonte Cenotaph. Afterwards, we visited the local Legion to view all the art and poems which adorned the walls.
All this to say…
Parents and teachers, get the children and youth involved. Help them learn about our veterans and active service members, and encourage them to draw a picture or write a poem. I can promise you Legion branches across the country will proudly display the submissions. In turn, you will be fostering an appreciation for the men and women who served, and continue to serve, both at home and abroad.
2014 Legion Contest Details: http://www.legion.ca/youth/contests/
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