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Local teen marches in Ottawa


Today was a day Jenna Parsons of Victoria will never forget.

Jenna Parsons

The 17-year-old Carbonear Collegiate student flew to Ottawa earlier this week to take part in Encounters with Canada.

Encounters with Canada is a program offered for Canada’s youth to allow them the opportunity to get to know different aspects of Canadian culture.

The week of Remembrance Day was labeled Canada Remembers, and gave the participants the opportunity to learn about the essential role of Canada’s military.

“When I found that I won, I couldn't believe it,” Parsons told The Compass before leaving for Ottawa. “It is honestly such a big honour to commemorate those who have served and continue to serve our beautiful country and for those brave souls who lost their lives at the biggest ceremony in the country at the National War Museum.”

As part of the program, Parsons has the opportunity to march in the parade in Ottawa and stand at the National War Memorial for the Remembrance Day ceremony.

This is not the first time Parsons has been chosen for a big adventure in the nation’s capital. She previously attended the Vimy Ridge ceremony. She has also attended the trail of the caribou in Europe during summer 2014 though sponsorship from the Royal Canadian Legion.

Parsons is a member of the 2615 Victoria Lions Army Cadets and has received many awards over her years of participation, including the prestigious Lord Strathcona. Earlier this year she also did an expedition in Labrador, where she earned the top cadet award.

Although Parsons is well-versed in cadets, winning awards and travel, one of the highlights of her trip to Ottawa is getting to meet veterans who served our country.

“Never have I been more proud in my life to wear a uniform and be a Canadian and Newfoundlander as I was this morning,” Parsons said from Ottawa after the Remembrance Day ceremony. “It was very emotional and definitely something that I will never forget.

“Wear your poppies with pride and remember to thank our veterans. Lest we forget.”

Melissa.jenkins@tc.tc

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