Saturday, November 9, 2013

Remembrance Day and Veterans' Week

Remembering and Reflecting

Aldershot will give students and staff an opportunity to remember and reflect both at the November 11th Remembrance Day Assemblies and when Vi Connolly, a war veteran, comes to speak to our grade 10 History classes on Wednesday November 13th during periods 1 and 2 in the library.

This year is the Year of the Korean War Veteran.  The library has several resources on display about the Korean War and other conflicts of the past.  Come and learn about our history and come and learn about the sacrifices of those who came before us and those who continue to go to war.

"To buy and wear a small plastic poppy in November seems a trifling act when set beside the sacrifice of the more than 110,000 Canadians who died in the past century defending this country in war.
But for the tens of millions of Canadians who have gladly pinned a poppy to their shirt or lapel since the practice began in 1921, it is a solemn, profound and necessary expression of respect and gratitude.
What would you do for those who laid down their lives so you could live, inhaling the sweet air of freedom? How could you thank all the others who, while escaping death, risked their lives, knew terror, pain and, in many cases, terrible physical injuries so you could sleep soundly each night and rise, next morning, in a tranquil nation undisturbed by the screams of tyrants or the pounding of jackboots on the streets?
We will pause each year at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, stopping at our workstations or standing silently at a war cenotaph, Canadians have collectively replied.  We will keep the faith.  And we will wear a poppy."

From:  "Remembrance Day poppy is red." The Waterloo Region Record, 9 Nov. 2013. Web. 9 Nov. 2013.