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Legion sends youth, veteran on summer trip overseas

Four local students and one veteran were recently presented with cheques to assist with their travels overseas this summer as part of the annual excursion for the Newfoundland and Labrador Command, Royal Canadian Legion. Pictured, left to right, are Gregory Short, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 23 Carbonear president Mike Butt, Matthew Butt, Maddison Baldwin, Francis Finlayson and Randy Pike. Missing from the picture is Emily Button.
Four local students and one veteran were recently presented with cheques to assist with their travels overseas this summer as part of the annual excursion for the Newfoundland and Labrador Command, Royal Canadian Legion. Pictured, left to right, are Gregory Short, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 23 Carbonear president Mike Butt, Matthew Butt, Maddison Baldwin, Francis Finlayson and Randy Pike. Missing from the picture is Emily Button.

CARBONEAR, NL — Representatives young and old of the Royal Canadian Legion in Newfoundland and Labrador will soon travel overseas to follow the Trail of the Caribou and learn about the challenges the Royal Newfoundland Regiment faced during the First World War.

Cheques were recently presented at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 32 Carbonear to a few folks from the Trinity-Conception area joining that group this summer.

Students Maddison Baldwin, Matthew Butt, Emily Button, Francis Finlayson and Gregory Short will join Comrade Randy Pike — one of four veterans from the province selected this year — to visit the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial in France on July 1. They'll be there to honour the lives of almost 700 Regiment soldiers who were lost on the first day of the Battle of the Somme — July 1, 1916.

Baldwin, Butt and Button were winners in the Legion's annual poster and literary contest, while Short was selected from Carbonear Collegiate's winning team in the Legion's military history challenge. Finlayson, a member of the 2615 Victoria Lions Army Cadets, is travelling with the group as a Newfoundland and Labrador Army Cadet representative.

Each year the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Command of the Royal Canadian Legion takes 16 students and four veterans, along with the provincial president, four chaperons, one nurse, one translator and a historian, overseas to learn about the First World War. The pilgrimage visits the caribou statues, battlefields and cemeteries that have a connection to the Royal Newfoundland Regiment.

Coinciding with the Legion's annual Remembrance Day banquet this November, those set to travel oversea later this month will share stories about their journey Nov. 11.

editor@cbncompass.ca

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