Schools honour veterans and soldiers for Remembrance Day
Students across the district paid tribute to Canada’s veterans and soldiers for Remembrance Day, with many schools creating displays and honouring the country’s heroes in .
Around the world, Remembrance Day commemorates the end of the First World War in 1918 and serves as an annual memorial to honour those who fought and died for their country in that battle and ones to follow. Schools in Surrey and White Rock marked the day in a variety of ways this week.
At Erma Stephenson Elementary, Shelagh Lim’s Grade 7 , placing poppies and Canadian flags on headstones and saying the soldiers’ names in remembrance. Lim’s students honoured veterans last year as part of , an educational initiative that teaches war history through visits to tombstones of veterans.
Lena Shaw Elementary students created as part of their recognition of Remembrance Day, and SAIL students to commemorate the day.
In South Surrey, Douglas Elementary teacher-librarian Jody Wilson shared photos of , used to teach students about the importance of memorials for soldiers.
Kindergarten and Grade 1 students from . The board asks students, “When you close your eyes and think of peace, what do you see?” with a second board showing student illustrations of peace.
At Fraser Heights Secondary, Remembrance Day also serves as a time to remember victims of other wars across the globe, past and present, and to promote peace among nations, in line with the .
“We wanted to keep the focus on peace and the students have created a remarkable amount of artwork,” said Fraser Heights social studies teacher Hardip Rakkar. “We also have refugees from around the world who have come here, and all these kids started to think about how they had personal connections to conflict around the world.
“We asked students to think outside the box because some of them have had family members who have been in other conflicts.”
Using the theme of peace, Fraser Heights students designed posters based on international flags and war imagery to illustrate messages of remembrance, with the singular commonality of each design underscored by the word “peace” translated into the main language of the representing country.
Students also coloured paper poppies to be displayed on classroom doors, highlighting their personal and family connections to conflicts across the world.
To our veterans, thank you for your courage, bravery and sacrifice for your country. We will always remember.