On Friday, November 8, 2013 schools in our district held Remembrance Day assemblies to honour those who served and lost their lives in war. This year I was honoured to attend the ceremonies at Carson Graham Secondary School which included a Squamish Nation Blessing, performances by the Carson Combined Concert Band, Concert Choir, and Dance Team, and a powerful monologue by senior acting student Samantha Pinter. Student MC’s Negin Askari and Fouad Quaddoura and guest speaker David Frames spoke with poise and connected well with the audience. The ceremony was solemn and thoughtful and culminated in the playing of “The Last Post” by Leanne Plisic and “Rouse” performed by Teagan Po-White. From the program:
As you most likely know, Remembrance Ceremonies across Canada are held on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to commemorate the end of the First World War – or armistice – which occurred on this date and time in 1918. Since then, Remembrance Day has been held as a yearly memorial service to honour the many Canadian lives lost in the First and Second World Wars, the Korean Conflict, in many subsequent peacekeeping missions, and, most recently, in the Afghanistan armed conflict. During Remembrance Ceremonies, Canadians put all else aside to reflect on the sacrifices of servicemen, servicewomen, and that of their families who lost them to war.
On behalf of the Board of Education and Executive Committee I would like to express our most sincere appreciation to all those involved in the organizing of these most important tributes to those who sacrificed.
Lest we forget.