Youth brings home piece of film history

Peggy Revell

Some people send postcards. Others pick up T-shirts.
But Stratton youth Corburn Bragg was able to bring home pieces of film history as a summer vacation souvenir.
During a trip to Hope, B.C. back in July, the 13-year-old scooped up pieces of the bridge made famous in “Rambo: First Blood” as it was being torn down due to safety concerns.
“I was kind of speechless,” Bragg admitted.
“And I thought to myself, ‘I am so lucky to be here right now at this moment’ because I was one of the last people who got to see the bridge before it was taken down,” he added.
The Kawkawa bridge, and the town, were made famous by the 1982 Sylvester Stallone movie which marked the launch of the “Rambo” series.
In the movie, the town’s sheriff (Brian Dennehy) mistakes Vietnam veteran John Rambo (Stallone) for a drifter and escorts him out of town.
Rambo subsequently returns to the town and is arrested­­­­—triggering his memories of the Vietnam war and leading to a violent showdown with the local police force.
“I think [Rambo] would be in the top 10 of my favourite movies,” said Bragg, who owns the whole series, which also is a favourite amongst his friends who were “shocked” that he was able to get pieces of the bridge.
Bragg travelled to Hope during the second half of July to visit his aunt and uncle, Evelyn and Ralph Garand, who happened to live just up the street from the “Rambo Bridge.”
“I knew that the movie was made there but I didn’t know that I was going to be staying so close,” Bragg remarked.
“And it was a thrill to me to be down there and create some memories with my family.”
Bragg was able to see some of the work being done to take the bridge down­­—mainly workers with clipboards writing down how they were going to take it apart piece by piece, he explained, and then the parts being removed until it was gone.
Due to it being a hazardous construction zone, the public wasn’t able to get too close to the bridge itself to see it come done, Bragg added.
But he was able to get some pieces from around the area as it was being dismantled.
“There were pieces that fell off,” he explained. “I got numerous pieces of the wood, I got kind of a short plank, and a couple nails and bolts.
“I grabbed a few pieces that were laying around and took them home.”
The pieces are now stored in his bedroom.
“I was kind of glad to be out there because I did not realize that the ‘Rambo Bridge’ was such a monument for people,” Bragg said.
“It was just a great experience that I hope I remember forever.”