We are looking forward to welcoming our community to our Remembrance Day Assembly tomorrow. As we do I am reflect as a teacher and as a parent on what this day means to me. Many of you know that I have a son. This year marks the first year that he is eligible to join the Canadian Armed Forces. He is 17. Whether he decides to become a serviceman or not, I can relate to mothers across our country who have wait while their children go to war, and to the mothers who’s children have not returned. When I picture our fallen soldiers I am reminded that each of them was young, at the beginning of their lives. Each of them had loved ones who likely remember their first steps, first words, first day in kindergarten - as if it were just yesterday.
Our present and our future is brighter because our Canadian Heros continue to put themselves in harms way - to go out into the world and create the conditions for peace. Today we say thank you and we remember those who did not return. In our moment of silence I hope you will each imagine our soldiers as real people who lived in our communities, who attended our schools, and had dreams for their own futures. Remember each of them as a young person that was LOVED by someone like you.
Students in several of our classes have prepared tributes to our Canadian Service Men and Women who have given their lives so that we can live in a country that is free, a country where children can grow up safely, and a country where boys and girls can go to school to realize their dreams. We hope you will join us.