Veterans’ Week: November 5 to 11, 2016 – Schools Take Time to Remember

Photo Excerpt: Veterans Affairs Canada Website

Veterans' Week is a time to honour, celebrate, remember and thank all those who have served and are currently serving Canada in times of war, military conflict and peacekeeping missions.

As the Veterans Affairs Canada website points out, all Canadians, especially youth, are asked to make remembrance more than something you feel - make it something you do by taking an active role in commemoration.  Schools in the Strait region take time to remember through a variety of activities including, but not limited to, a school-based Remembrance Day ceremony involving local Veterans and Royal Canadian Legion members, parents/guardians and community members; in-class discussion and instruction as well as student displays.

Taking part in remembrance events develops a deeper understanding of the sacrifices and achievements of those who have served and continue to serve.  Throughout the week, commemorative events and activities are held in school communities all across Canada. There are countless ways to commemorate Remembrance Day, November 11, and Veterans' Week 2016. Commemoration can include observing one minute of silence, attending a local Remembrance Day ceremony, reading a book, speaking with and thanking a Veteran or Legion Member in person, wearing a poppy above your heart, or planning an event in your own community. The important thing is to take time to remember! (excerpt taken from the Veterans Affairs Canada web site).

On behalf of Board Members and staff, Superintendent of Schools Ford Rice thanks all veterans and Royal Canadian Legion members who give so generously of their time to help students in the Strait Region develop a deeper understanding of remembrance and of the sacrifices and achievements of those who served and continue to serve Canada. "Your contribution to our children and schools is greatly appreciated."

For more information, and to access student and teacher learning resources, please visit the Veterans Affairs Canada web site and in particular the Remembrance section of materials.