Staff and students throughout Elk Island Public Schools are honouring Remembrance Day a little bit early.
Schools across the board are leading either in-person or virtual Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 3, paying tribute to those who have served in the armed forces.
“Remembrance Day allows students to listen and reflect on the stories of those who’ve served and continue to serve our country,” said Cathy Allen, board chair of EIPS. “Communities come together at school ceremonies across the Division to ensure the memories of the fallen live on within our minds and within our hearts.”
Ceremonies that are planned include musical and choir performances, assemblies, student art projects, and guest speakers from the Canadian Armed Forces. There will also be the laying of wreaths, a moment of silence, and the playing of bagpipes.
Throughout the day students will also be learning about the sacrifices and contributions made over the years by Canadian veterans, and the significance of the poppy.
Some schools have special plans as well, such as Westboro Elementary handing out toy soldiers to the students to take home and to remind children to think about those serving.
“It makes me feel safe,” says Hugo Diaz, a Grade 2 student at Westboro Elementary, about the two traditions at the school. “My great grandpa was a soldier in World War II, so it makes me feel special.”
Remembrance Day is usually observed on November 11 to recall the end of the First World War, but EIPS is doing their ceremonies early as next week is November Break.