Although inclement weather conditions cancelled Remembrance Day services in Emo, Devlin, Barwick, and Stratton, it did not stop the students at Donald Young School from holding their assembly last week.
The introduction and welcome was given by grade six teacher Lucinda Meyers, with Diana Redford acting as emcee.
“Good morning guests and fellow students,” she said. “We gather here today not to glorify war but to show respect and honour for those who fought in the world wars to keep our country free.”
Cody Mosbeck then led the audience in prayer and Jillian Steele read the history of the poppy.
Although the emphasis was on the falled from both world wars and the Korean conflict, it was noted that Canadian soldiers also have died conducting peacekeeping duties for the United Nations.
The peacekeepers go to countries to make sure people stop fighting each other and this is very dangerous work.
Canada has been invited to send people from its armed forces to nearly every peacekeeping operation since they were started by the United Nations—something which Canadians are very proud of.
Meanwhile, students learned the poppy is very important to Canada. When we wear a poppy, it is our way to make sure those brave Canadians who were killed are not forgotten. On Remembrance Day, when everybody wears a poppy and stands silent, it is like saying thank you to those who died for us.
Doug Judson then recited the poem, “In Flanders Field” by John McCrae, after which Allison Williams read, “The Reply to Flanders Fields.” Eric Mosbeck read the Scripture lesson taken from the Book of Romans (12 v. 15-21).
Grade five and six students also shared some Remembrance Day thoughts. The song, “Let There Be Peace on Earth,” was sung by Judith Hunsperger, Cartier Wilson, Allison Loney, and Allison Ogilvie.
Brian Vargas then shared a short speech about the young Canadians who fought in the wars. “We are lucky because we live in peace. The poppy reminds us that other Canadians weren’t so lucky and didn’t live in peace . . . .” he concluded.
Meanwhile, the grades three and four students presented a Remembrance Day acrostic, then the grades four and five played their recorders in the selection, “Peace Must Be Our Goal.”
Tanner Kaemingh later explained “The Last Post” and “Reveille” to the students. After “The Last Post” was played on tape, the audience concluded the ceremony by singing “Blowin in the Wind” and “Peace is Flowing Like a River.”
Redford then graciously thanked everyone for coming and to those who participated in the school’s Remembrance Day service.