Belle P.

Mermaid, Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island Provincial Heritage Fair

Life In The Trenches

Many seem to take for granted what the soldiers sacrificed for us. Although, on Remembrance Day we have a moment of silence for those who lost their lives during wartime, most of us truly don't know exactly what they endured. My project is touching on the subjects of: what trenches were, how they were made, what soldiers ate and the experiences they faced daily.



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

The most interesting thing that I learned is how awful lice were and how soldiers took lighters to burn the seams of their clothes to kill the lice.

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

Take a look around at this wonderful country, where we can be free and follow our dreams. We can live this way thanks to soldiers who fought (and still fight) for all of us.

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

In the trenches life was terrible. You'd wake up each day wondering if there'd be another. You'd have no time to sleep and when you finally did, you'd be restless and hungry. In my life, I can wake up safe and happily. I can get out of a warm bed and go downstairs to get my breakfast, change into a fresh clean pair of clothes and relax. Very different from life in a trench!