Jeanie Gray of Kwalikum Secondary won first place in the Annual Youth Remembrance Contest at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 76 in Qualicum Beach.

Jeanie Gray of Kwalikum Secondary won first place in the Annual Youth Remembrance Contest at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 76 in Qualicum Beach.

Kwalikum Secondary student’s poem wins Qualicum Beach Legion contest

Jeanie Gray wrote about remembering those who paid the ultimate sacrifice

Jeanie Gray of Kwalikum Secondary School wrote a poem that earned her first place in the Annual Youth Remembrance Contest at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 76 in Qualicum Beach.

The Grade 8 student’s poem ‘We Remember Them’ captured the hearts of the local judges. The poem will progress to judging at the Central Vancouver Zone and has a chance to advance to provincial and national level.

READ MORE: School District 69 students earn top honours in Legion Remembrance contest

Gray’s winning poem:

We Remember Them

Vibrant poppies

Scattered across the frosted grass

Remind us of the lives lost

So long ago

We remember the gruesome, ugly scenes

Frozen in time

Innocent young souls gone from the Earth Forever

As we bow our heads in solemn remembrance

To the brave soldiers who fought for our country

The trumpet plays an eerie, slow tune

That sends shivers down our spines

We remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice

We thank those who fought in wars for our freedom

We honour those who live with painful memories

Of family or friends they would never see again.

We remember them.

— NEWS Staff, submitted

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