November 10th was an emotional day for both staff and students; on that day we had our very special Remembrance Day Ceremony. A war veteran, who I interviewed after, said that “its very important for schools to have assemblies like yours because we can never afford to forget what people went through for our freedom.”
While all the staff and students loaded into the gym, a slideshow playing pictures and some soft music set the tone. Once the slideshow had finished, the guests started marching in. First were the flag bearers and the bagpiper, then our veterans, cadets, and poem readers followed.
After everyone was settled, the vice-principal, Mr. Hutchings, gave a quick speech
about this special day and why we need to remember. Ms. Pacione, another vice principal who I interviewed before the assembly, said: “it’s important to remember because if we forget, and we become complacent, then these tragic events can sadly happen again.” Then all rose for the national anthem, O’ Canada. All sang along and stood proudly.
When all were seated again, the principal, Mrs. Panagiotakis, gave her speech, and then read a poem to us called: “ The little boy who refused to wear a poppy.” That poem was very touching and actually brought tears to my eyes. When the poem was finished and the crying was almost over, Mr. Hutchings introduced our guests. Emma Sharpe, an Evergreen Park School student, then read us another poem. Afterwards, the school had “peace around the world”; this part of the ceremony is when various students from around the world say “peace” in their language. This has to be one of my favorite pats of the ceremony because I always find myself learning a new word in another language. Then Mr. McFadden, a grade 8 teacher, read the traditional “In Flanders Fields” poem.
The choir then sang “one minute to stand,” followed by Mr. Steven Woodworth, our guest speaker and a war veteran from Afghanistan, sharing his experience in the war over seas. Wreaths were brought up to the front of the stage while a very touching Remembrance Day video played in the background.
To close the ceremony, we had two RCMP officers raise the Canadian and New Brunswick flag slowly, while a trumpet played. After the flag rose, we had one moment of silence to honor our veterans. Lastly, we all sang “God Save the Queen,” all of the voices sounding amazing together. Finally, all our guests exited, followed by the students and staff.
By: Bella Hicks