Remembrance Day 2018

November 11th is a special day to honour and commemorate the soldiers who have fought for our country.

This November, Heritage Woods had their assembly, wearing poppies for each student to show how they care, acknowledge, and most of all, remember.

What is Remembrance Day and Why is it important?

Remembrance Day is something that everyone recognizes, that Remembrance Day is the day we honor our ancestors for their bravery and respect the loss of lives. But the reason why it impacts us the most is because without their loss, we couldn’t have gained more knowledge and gain freedom that we take for granted.

For their sacrifice to not be in vein, it is important for us to share a minute of silence at 11 am to respect what they have done.

In Flanders Fields

By John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie,

In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.

The Story Behind “In Flanders Fields”

Sir Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, a young Canadian artillery officer, was killed by an exploding German artillery shell that landed near him. He was serving in the same Canadian artillery unit with friend of his, Canadian military doctor and artillery commander Major John McCrae. John McCrae was asked to conduct the burial service for Alexis. It’s believed that later that evening, after the burial, John began the draft for his now famous poem, “In Flanders Fields.”

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