Students and staff at Fort Christian and Fort Elementary have created a warm way to thank Canada's military.
Over 630 students from both schools have been working collectively on the Quilt of Honour over the last month.
“We owe an incredible debt to the men and women who have served in our armed forces,” said Charis, a Grade 8 student at Fort Saskatchewan Christian. “These are heroes and because of their sacrifices, we are able to enjoy freedom. The quilt is meant to be a small token of gratitude.”
It features 35 individual squares with each square representing a class from the two schools. Each square features a word that encapsulates what it means to serve in the Canadian Armed Forces, from "courage" to "strong" and of course, "heroes."
Lesson plans were taught around Canadian history; sacrifices soldiers have and continue to make for the nation as well as the significant role the armed forces plays in bringing peace and security to the world. From what the students learned, they came up with their word to place on the quilt.
“Whether serving during times of war, military conflict or in between, the quilt is meant to recognize those who have served the country to bring peace and security,” explained Elaine Baillie, chaplain at Fort Saskatchewan Christian and the co-ordinator of the Quilt of Honour project. “I think overall, everyone—from our students to our staff—feel incredibly proud to be Canadian and grateful for the work our soldiers do to keep us safe.”
The Quilt of Honour will be presented tomorrow (November 9) to representatives from the Third Canadian Division Support Base Edmonton, more commonly known as Edmonton Garrison during the Remembrance Day Ceremony.