Area schools are taking time to honour Canadian soldiers.
With Remembrance Day taking place over the fall break this year, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) hosted their ceremonies on Friday (Nov.5).
“On Remembrance Day, we honour the people who fought and died to keep our country free,” said board chair Trina Boymook. “It’s important for our students to learn about and understand the incredible sacrifices made by members of the Canadian Armed Forces, historically and in the present day, so the memory of all they did for us lives on.”
This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the remembrance poppy in Canada. To honour the occasion, Fort Saskatchewan Elementary created a Hallway of Peace. Every student had the opportunity to create a poppy that contained a message of peace, and each one was woven into the installation.
On Monday (Nov.1), veterans from the local legion were invited to walk the hallway and read what students had written to honour them.
“The Hallway of Peace art project shows that we haven’t forgotten,” said Grade 6 Kate Sadownyk. “We still remember the many sacrifices soldiers have made for us. I hope the veterans felt proud to see that even the younger generations will never forget.”
Other ways the schools are paying tribute for the day include assemblies, student art projects, choir and music performances, virtual guest speakers from the Canadian Armed Forces, a moment of silence and the playing of bagpipes. Students also spent the day learning about the sacrifices and contributions Canadian veterans have made over the years and the significance of the poppy worn on Remembrance Day.