Each year, Swan Hills celebrates Remembrance Day with students and staff at the Swan Hills School. Once again, the school presented their ceremony virtually with amazing recorded performances and readings by students and special guests.
Following Treaty Acknowledgment by Principal Slade Sekulich, grade 6 student Rhiannon Bruce played O’Canada on the piano.
Students recorded special Remembrance Day tributes along with the musical presentations. A message from Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence spoke about Indigenous Veterans Day celebrated on November 8th across Canada. “This is a day to commerate the unique contributions and sacrifices that First Nations, Inuit and Metis Peoples have made serving in the Canadian Armed Forces.” Noting that more than 12,000 indigenous women and men are answering the call of duty to serve Canada with pride and honour.
Swan Hills Town Councillor, Daryn Watson passionately spoke of his father who served in the Royal Canadian Air Force in WWII with the 421 Spitfire Squadron. Watson shared a personal glimpse into his family history with a viewing of his dad’s service memorabilia and ended with “As you go through your battles, just remember those who are fighting for you and protecting you.”
Newly elected Pembina Hills School Board Trustee Melissa Hanna gave greetings and thanks to all our country’s heros.
Ceremonies ended with the Last Post, a minute of silence followed by Reveille; and the Commitment to Remember: “They were young, as we are young, They served, giving freely of themselves. To them, we pledge, amid the winds of time, To carry their torch and never forget. We will remember them.”
A video/audio clip on Canada’s Peacekeeping Roles was added at the end of the virtual presentation.
Great Job Swan Hills School!