Students at Ponoka Secondary Campus took some time Thursday, Nov .5 to honour Canada’s soldiers in a special Remembrance Day ceremony.
The event was a way to remember Canada’s veterans who sacrificed their lives in past wars, said co-MC Lindsey Gartner.
“We wake up everyday and we don’t have to live in fear,” she said.
“It’s the 100 year anniversary of when Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae wrote the iconic poem In Flanders Fields,” added co-MC Tawni Kjenner.
She said one hundred candles were lit on stage to represent the significant anniversary.
Social studies teacher Ron Labrie said the ceremony is an important way to remember. “It’s like John McCrae’s poem; carrying the torch.”
Members of the Ponoka Legion, the Air Cadets and Mayor Rick Bonnett were also in attendance at the ceremony. Dylan Hart sang Highway of Heroes by the Trews at one point and Meredith Delday provided violin music.
After the ceremony, a luncheon was provided by the school’s cooking class to guests as well as an opportunity to view the World Remembers Vigil that is scrolling names of soldiers who died in the 1915. This year more than 516,000 names are being remembered. “We wanted our special guests to see the vigil,” Labrie said.
The luncheon was also a way to bring veterans and students together for some informal conversation.
“I think sometimes we make remembrance formal, which is important. But also we can make it informal. Just having conversations and listening to kids … and also getting memories from people that were there,” said Labrie.