Remembrance Day is a memorial day in Commonwealth countries that has been observed since the end of the First World War, as a way to remember the men and women who have died while fighting in the line of duty.
Every year in communities across Canada, our fallen soldiers are remembered in a moment of silence on the “11th hour, of the 11th year of the 11th day.”
But how can the next generation of Canadians be expected to remember something that happened more than 60 years ago?
This is the question the New Westminster-based Society of Officers of the Honourable Guard is attempting to answer with a new program aimed at preserving the memory of fallen soldiers.
In partnership with Richard McBride elementary, the Honourable Guard Society has adopted seven war graves in Fraser Cemetery as a way of bringing Remembrance Day to a more tangible level.
Together, the society and a class of Grade 4 and 5 students from Richard McBride will care for the chosen soldiers’ and learn more about Canada’s veterans.
“In Fraser Cemetery there’s 34 Commonwealth war graves. And what that means is these are men and women who died on active service. That’s why they’re buried here. If they’d died overseas, they would have been buried overseas. So we’re teaching these children about these individuals, and these are New Westminster people.”
He says its about preserving the stories and the memories of the people who gave up so much.
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