This was followed by a short video projected onto the gym wall entitled “Lest We Forget”.
Next, three students from grade 6 (Kurt K., Jordan M., and Dayna H.) read touching stories about relatives that have died in war.
Next, four students from grade 8 (Katia S., Natalia I., Nicholas B., and Olia M,) read a short “Sentence of Remembrance”. This was a description of their thoughts and feelings about Remembrance Day from an assignment they did for Mrs. Naurocki in class.
The Colour Party marched loudly and in perfect formation from the gym entrance, along the back wall, and down the middle of the gym to the symbolic cenotaph at the front. Zenya S. laid the wreath on the cenotaph and then stepped back and saluted while the rest of the marchers filed around on either side of the cross.
The marchers assumed their positions and saluted during a recorded bugle call entitled “Last Post”. The Last Post is a bugle call that has been incorporated into military funerals where it is played as a final farewell, symbolising the fact that the duty of the dead soldier is over and that they can rest in peace. Everyone remained silent and solemn while the Colour Party held their salute during the moment of silence.
At the completion of the one minute of silence, a special guest at this year’s service - Corporal Josh Fordham of the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders - began playing a traditional song called “Lament” on the bagpipes.
The Remembrance Day service ended with a “Peacemaker Prayer” and the prayer “Our Father” recited in Ukrainian. A recording of “Amazing Grace” (performed on bagpipes) was played as students filed out of the gym and back to their classes.
Nobody enjoys war and nobody wants to go to war, but wars still happen all the time. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers are fighting and dying in wars around the world at this very moment. Although there are presently no wars in Canada, we still have a military presence in Afghanistan where our troops are fighting and dying on a daily basis. So far 97 Canadian soldiers have died in Afghanistan since early 2002, more than any other country except the U.S.
Number of Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan each year:
The efforts of these brave Canadian men and women in Afghanistan give additional meaning to the importance of our annual Remembrance Day service.