Students at St. Augustine Catholic School lit their hearts with candles of remembrance during a special Remembrance Day ceremony Tuesday, Nov. 10.
The ceremony was organized by the Grade 9 humanities students who took pride in creating a memorable moment. Along with a special slide show presentation and videos, the students put together a candle lighting ceremony and a created a large Canadian flag to put the names of soldiers on.
“We wanted them (students) to do more than just sitting and watching,” said teacher Thea Bowie.
The goal was to increase the thoughts of remembrance and respect. Adding the candles seemed a simple idea but it created a beautifully lit scene of light and respect among students. “We wanted to permeate our faith into remembrance,” said Thea.
Lighting candles is a large part or respect, prayer and remembrance, she added.
For Grade 9 student Aidan Gratton creating candle holders with a 3D printer added to the ceremony. “I thought it was powerful and moving. It seemed to bring everyone together in remembering our fallen soldiers.”
Another co-organizer, Grade 9 student Ryan Frank found the ceremony provided him with insight into the sacrifices made by Canadian soldiers. “The amount of courage needed is just unbelievable.”
There were four areas of focus during the ceremony: the Maple Leaf flag, candle lighting, the poppy flower and the wreath.
Among the attendees were members of the Ponoka Legion and Air Cadets and a prayer in Cree was said during the ceremony.