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11 November 2011

Remembering Captain Nichola Goddard

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(Toronto, Friday, November 11) As you may recall, on May 17, 2006, the night when Canadian Armed Forces Captain Nichola Goddard became the first Canadian female combat soldier to be killed in combat since World War II, Michelle was at the same CAF base camp in Kandahar, Afghanistan, entertaining the troops. Two days later, she attended Captain Goddard’s ramp ceremony.

Two years ago, around Remembrance Day, Michelle travelled to Charlottetown, PE, to perform at a concert there to benefit Light Up Papua New Guinea, a project in honour of Captain Goddard. In addition to her musical performances at that concert, Michelle surprised the audience by reciting a poem composed in Captain Goddard’s honour (the first poem Michelle has ever written). Talking about the poem, Michelle relates, “As a result of this invitation to perform in honour of Captain Goddard, I started to reflect upon my experience of being in a war zone when a soldier serving her country lost her life … and the words just poured out.” Michelle presented the original manuscript of the poem to Nichola’s parents, Tim and Sally Goddard.

To view Michelle’s poem, Captain Nichola Goddard, click here.

To hear Captain Nichola Goddard read by Michelle, click the link:http://www.michelle-wright.com/music/fb5.php

Click here to read Michelle’s Afghan Journals.

November 11. Lest We Forget.

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