Thursday in ELA my grade 7s and I had a really good talk about Remembrance Day and what it means to each of us. We remember the soldiers who have died in service to our country and their families that mourn their loss. We remember all those who have served and given up so much of their life and well-being for our freedom. We think about the impact the tragedies of war must have on all those involved. We are thankful for all that we have as Canadian citizens.
We lost over 63 thousand in WWI! In WWII over 1,029,510 Canadian soldiers went off to war (that is over 41% of the male population of Canada at the time!). Of those brave souls we lost almost 47 thousand lives. We also lost 516 soldiers in the Korean War and 158 to date in the war in Afghanistan. Their ultimate sacrifice was not in vain. http://www.canadaatwar.ca/memorial/
I had each student write a post card to a veteran expressing their gratitude and appreciation. I mailed them off to local Edmonton area vetrans and know they will be well appreciated. Two students even wrote one to our own Mr .Morrin and to my husband's Grandparents who met and served in WWII. They were all very touched to receive their cards.
We will be having our schools' Remembrance Day Ceremony on Friday just before 11:00am. If any parent's want to come please let me know. Also I encouraged the kids to take the time to go on the 11th to the Town of Beaumont's ceremony
Lest We Forget