Pausing for Remembrance Day

This morning the final preparations for our Remembrance Day assembly took place. This solemn event always brings tears to my eyes and today was no different. The pause at 11am makes me grateful for the fact that I currently live in a peaceful country.

I would like to take this moment to thank all those who have fought for our freedom; and those who continue to help those around the world who cannot stand for themselves.

what do you do for Remembrance Day?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

Remembrance Day

Yesterday morning my class and I did not get a lot of work done as we attended two assemblies. The first one was extremely interesting: a parent at our school is a pilot for the Royal Canadian Air Force and spoke to the children about the work that he does both in Canada and Abroad. The photos he showed us created interest – as did his uniform and the medals he was wearing.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015
Poppies for Remembrance Day. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

After recess we attended the formal Remembrance Day assembly. The tone was set with the playing of the bagpipes as we entered the gym. The assembly was solemn (not the usual fun vibe) and included a beautiful rendition of In Flanders Fields by the grade 4s; a reflection what was done by the veterans (given by the Major the school had already met that morning); singing of Enfant de Paix by the entire school, and a trumpet rendition of a well-known military song (whose name I do not know).

The school exited the gym quietly once the ceremony was over. Many of the adults (parents and teachers) left with tears in their eyes.

What did you do to honour the veterans and those who continue to fight for freedom?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015