(Nashville, November 11, 2010) 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, Michelle attended Captain Goddard’s ramp ceremony.
Last year, shortly before 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, she 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 read Michelle’s poem, Captain Nichola Goddard, or to listen to the poem recited by Michelle herself, click here.
November 11. Lest We Forget.