Jacob G.

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Red River Heritage Fair

Andrew Charles Mynarski

The life of Andrew Mynarski and how he saved his friend's life. He won the Victoria Cross for his valour, but he died doing it.




What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

I learned about Andrew Mynarski and how he won the Victoria Cross. The most interesting thing about that was that a regular person who probably never thought he would win the Victoria Cross crawled through flames to save his friend. I also learned that people can be so generous to not think about themselves and put another person in front of them, even if it meant they would lose their life.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

Even if you are a regular person and not famous, you can save someone's life. Maybe someday you may win the Victoria Cross, but you don't know that now. I also learned that you should put others before yourself.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

Andrew Mynarski's life was tougher than mine because he had to work to support his family.The children during that time had to live without their fathers because they were fighting in the war. The people then were scared that their homes would be bombed. Today, my dad doesn't have to fight in the war, I do not have to support my family, and I live in peace.