On November 2, the Antigonish legion handed out commendations and hosted a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands during the Second World War.

PORT HAWKESBURY: Two Strait area students were winners in a provincial contest, and one is in contention for a national prize.

Every year the Royal Canadian Legion (RCL) holds its country wide Poster and Literary Contest. It is open to all Canadian students and offers an opportunity for the students to express their thoughts and feelings on the past military conflicts Canada has suffered through.

The 2019 contest has been complicated by the arrival of COVID-19. Normally, there would have been a local awards evening held at RCL Branch 43 in Port Hawkesbury during which all participants would have been acknowledged and the winning entries announced.

The theme of the awards evening would have been the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands on May 5, 1945. The orange Liberation Tulips, which were planted last fall, are now in bloom at Branch 43 and at TEC.

The RCL Branch 43 winners were announced on May 18 after sending out the prizes to each of the medal winners, in each category.

The first and second place winners had already been submitted to RCL Nova Scotia/Nunavut Command for provincial judging.

Two SAERC students were recognized for their work this year by the Royal Canadian Legion NS/Nunavut Command.

Grade 12 student Brea Campbell placed second in the “Senior Poetry” category for the poem she submitted. She placed first locally prior to winning provincially.

Grade 10 student Joseph Rapp placed first in the “Senior Essay” category for the essay he submitted. Joseph had placed first locally prior to winning provincially.

Both students were presented with Nova Scotia/Nunavut Certificates commemorating their achievement, along with a cash prize.

Rapp’s essay has now been entered into the RCL National Competition. Should he be successful, his essay will be published in the National RCL Poster and Literary Contest Magazine.

RCL Branch43 congratulates and thanks all the 153 participants from SAERC and TEC who entered the 2019 Poster and Literary Contest. Their participation bodes well for the continuation of Remembrance in future years.

RCL Branch4 3 also gives special thanks to the teachers and staff at TEC and SAERC who devoted so much of their own time in advancing this very worthy project.

It is now 75 years since the end of World War II. The Netherlands was Liberated by Canadian Forces on May 5, 1945. The war in Europe ended three days later on May 8, 1945. Finally the war in the Pacific ended formally on September 2, 1945.

The success of the 2019 local winners and of Rapp and Campbell provincially will serve as encouragement for more local participation in the 2020 Poster and Literary Contest, which will be recognizing the 75th Anniversary of the end of WWII.