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2018-08-08 / Front Page

Local Students Take Part in International Ceremony

by Randy Griffis Tahquamenon Area Schools


From left to right: Matthew Laverty-Duke, Alea Dunlap-Little Miss, Faith Smutek-People’s Choice, Annie Wynn-Queen, Makynleigh Tuttle-Princess, Dustin Phillips-Prince, Faith Laverty and Zoey Phillips. 
2018 Luce-West Mackinac County Fair Royalty From left to right: Matthew Laverty-Duke, Alea Dunlap-Little Miss, Faith Smutek-People’s Choice, Annie Wynn-Queen, Makynleigh Tuttle-Princess, Dustin Phillips-Prince, Faith Laverty and Zoey Phillips. 2018 Luce-West Mackinac County Fair Royalty As you read this, five students from Newberry High School are participating in an international ceremony to commemorate one of the turning-point battles of World War I, the Battle of Amiens.

On August 8, 1914, allied armies, composed of soldiers from Britain, Australia, France, Canada and the United States, launched an offensive against German forces in northern France. It was this battle that led to the final defeat of Germany and the end of World War I. German General of the Infantry Erich Ludendorff characterized August 8 as “the black day of the German Army.”

These five students (Lorna Gage, Megan Burton, Sam Massey, Nick Manty and Abigail Smithson) were chosen, along with five students from California, to represent the United States at a ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary of this battle.

The students’ research into the U.S. role in the battle will be put on display in the St. John Monash Centre on the Somme Battlefield, and they will spend three days with students representing all of the nations involved in the Battle of Amiens.

Significantly, Abigail Smithson was chosen to be the only student from the United States to take part in a wreath-laying ceremony at Amiens Cathedral honoring the fallen of World War I on August 8.

The students’ trip is entirely funded by the U.S. WWI Centennial Commission and National WWI Museum and Memorial. They left Marquette August 5 and will return August 10.

If you wish to watch the ceremony it will be available on BBC One immediately after the ceremony at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b f91w7. Should you wish to livestream the ceremony, it will begin at 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday, and should be available at http://tvcatchup.com/watch/bbcone or http: //tvcatchup.com/watch/bbc news.

Look for a program called “The Road to Armistice: Amiens Remembered.” It is a 90- minute broadcast.

You also can find the broadcast on Wednesday by going to http://tvcatchup.com/tv-guide/2018-08-08/ 13 and selecting the name of the broadcast on BBC One OR on BBC News.

Our students appreciate those who have supported them, either with good wishes or financially, but particularly the Tahquamenon Area Retired School Personnel.

We can be very proud of these five young adults who have been chosen for this incredible, once-in-alifetime honor, and who are representing not only our small community, but our entire nation as well.

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