Lest we forget…

InFlandersFieldsMy school’s Grade 9 Drama class performed an amazing shadow play as part of our Remembrance Day services today. As Don Maclean’s mournful tune The Grave played, the students acted out the words of the song in silhouette behind a white background backlit by an overhead projector. The effect, with the students acting out the story about a recruit signing up for military service, a battle scene, and the soldier ultimately dying and then being mourned by his family at a grave, was very moving. The service also included an original poem by one of the students (which I hope to obtain a copy of), performances of O Canada and God Save the Queen by our band students, an address by one of the veterans in attendance,  the traditional reading of In Flanders Fields and a lone bugler. In the library, I displayed information from the Royal Canadian Legion’s website about Remembrance Day which you can find here.  What I forgot to display was an excellent book we have in the library called In Flander’s Fields The Story of the Poem by John McCrae. As the veteran visiting our school pointed out, a former student from the school was severely wounded during a recent tour in Afghanistan which saw the death of four of his friends. Meanwhile, another young soldier with relatives in the school is set to depart on a tour of duty. Suddenly, even with the number of veterans of World War I and World War II dwindling, the reason why we observe Remembrance Day has been brought closer to home… More excellent reading suggestions surrounding war and Remembrance Day here.

Lest we forget… 

 

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