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Hi, my name is Ben and I live in Ypres, Belgium. Let me tell you a story about what happened to me. It all started after the WW1 ended. I got to back to my farm and I started to plant my potatoes, 48 Rows by 24 plants. When I was planting my potatoes, I saw what looked like an old potato and when I picked it up it was a hand grenade so I called the military. The military told me that they would be at my house in two days to pick it up. During the two days, I finished planting my potatoes.

When the military came they asked me how did I find the grenade, I said “I was planting my potatoes when saw it on the ground”. I thought it was an old potato but it wasn’t. That was all the information that they needed.  My farmer friends find five to six things from WW1 a day. They even find them 21st century. 

Story - Written by Nathan

During our visit to Ypres, we learned many things on a tour it would take forever to tell you everything but here are some things we learned.

From 1914 to 1918 WW1 was taking place. One of the tricks the Allies used was to take down large tree stumps just outside the trenches at night and by morning, there would be an exact replica of the stump made from metal.  This was used to see the Germans coming. Also in WW1, some soldiers had to be in their trenches for four year because of snipers. The snipers only need 3 seconds and you are dead.

Did you know the poem made by John McCrae, “In Flanders Fields”, is on the Canadian $10 paper bill? And, that he wrote it because his best friend died. John McCrae, a Canadian, wrote “In Flanders Fields” on May 2. Which is Nathans Birthday.

Written by Quinn

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