A group of 28 youth, Veterans and Royal Canadian Legion members from this province will are on a Pilgrimage to France and Belgium this week to tour the battlefields.
The Royal Canadian Legion Newfoundland and Labrador Command organizes an annual Pilgrimage to Europe to pay respects in honour of the sacrifices made by members of The Royal Newfoundland Regiment during World War I.
The Pilgrimage includes memorial services and tours of Beaumont-Hamel, Monchy-le-Preux, Masnieres, Guedecourt in France; Menin Gate and Kortrijk in Belgium; as well as Vimy Ridge.
Participants will lay wreaths, attend lectures and visit historical sites.
All participants are members of the Royal Canadian Legion – including the youth. Some of the students were selected based on winning the annual Royal Canadian Legion Literary and Poster Contest, and the History Challenge. Others were nominated based on their involvement in youth organizations (Junior Canadian Rangers, Canadian Cadet Organizations, Boy Scouts, Girl Guides, and Church Lads Brigade).
The members of the pilgrimage are students: Jessica March (Stephenville); Brianne Scott (Burnt Point); Kayla Crocker (Green’s Harbour); Brianna Kean (Corner Brook); Anna Tilley (Bay Roberts); Breanna Careen (Point Lance); Evan Kearley (Paradise); Katelyn Hogan (Northern Bay); Amber Williams (St. John’s); Claudia Elliott (Trinity Bay); Kacie Raymond (Pasadena); Taylor Rowe (Sheaves Cove); Kylie Beals (L’Anse au Loup); Jonathan Patey (Gander); Nicholas Burke (St. Mary’s); and Andrew Mercer (Upper Island Cove)
Veterans are: John Crisby (Eastport); Edward Mahoney (Colliers); Jo-Anne Power (Portugal Cove – St. Phillips); and Wesley Stringer (Adeytown)
Legion Members on the Pilgrimage are:
Royal Canadian Legion Newfoundland and Labrador President Aiden Crewe (Woody Point); Frank Gogos (St. John’s); Sherry Jones (Kippens); Thomas Grimes (St. John’s); Patricia Corcoran (Riverhead); Lynette Flynn (Mount Pearl); Jim Prowse (St. John’s); and Sharon Nolan (Kilbride)
Participants visited the Memorial Caribou at Bowring Park on Friday, before embarking on their journey to France.This was the first of many Memorial Caribous they will encounter during the annual RCL Pilgrimage.