An­niver­sary of first Re­mem­brance Day and fallen Pen-Hi grad­u­ate cel­e­brated

Penticton Herald - - CITY & REGION - By ME­LANIE EKSAL

Pen­tic­tion’s two high schools com­bined forces to cre­ate an im­pact­ful Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­mony that took place Thurs­day and com­mem­o­rated a lo­cal hero.

Over 1,000 res­i­dents and stu­dents gath­ered at Gyro Park to pay their re­spects to past and cur­rent sol­diers who have given their lives, or are cur­rently putting their lives on the line, to keep Canada safe.

Many au­di­ence mem­bers wiped tears from their eyes dur­ing the per­for­mance.

The cer­e­mony was or­ga­nized by Grade 12 stu­dents Grace Grant of Pen-Hi and Grace Robin­son of Princess Mar­garet.

“We de­cided that con­sid­er­ing it’s the 100th an­niver­sary since the first Re­mem­brance Day, we wanted to make this year a lit­tle dif­fer­ent and a lit­tle more spe­cial,” said Grant.

Tra­di­tion­ally, Pen-Hi holds its cer­e­mony in­doors, which both Grant and Robin­son agreed needed to change.

“An in­door cer­e­mony is not nearly as im­pact­ful, and not nearly as en­gag­ing,” said Robin­son.

“We thought, ‘Why don’t we come to­gether?’ We’re two pretty pas­sion­ate peo­ple about this,” she added, af­ter ex­plain­ing that Mag­gie’s been hold­ing its Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­mony out­doors for seven years now.

“We com­bined forces and have been work­ing to­gether on this since Au­gust. We came about with this fi­nal idea in Oc­to­ber . . . and we just made it hap­pen with a lot of help and sup­port from a lot of the teach­ers,” said Grant.

This year, the cer­e­mony in­cluded a song called “The Let­ter” that com­mem­o­rates Pen-Hi grad­u­ate Capt. Jonathon Sny­der.

Syn­der died in 2008 af­ter fall­ing into a 20-me­tre well while con­duct­ing a night pa­trol on his sec­ond tour in Afghanistan. It was his third trip over­seas. He was 26 years old.

The song was writ­ten by Grant’s sis­ter Belle, and sung by Grant. In­spi­ra­tion came af­ter read­ing let­ters writ­ten by Sny­der dur­ing his time in Afghanistan.

As she sang, male stu­dents read pas­sages in­spired by Syn­der’s let­ters home.

Grant’s sis­ter started the tra­di­tion of Mag­gie’s out­door Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­monies and in­spired the two girls to keep it go­ing this year.

ME­LANIE EKSAL/Pen­tic­ton Her­ald

Grace Grant of Pen-Hi, cen­tre stage, sings an orig­i­nal song ti­tled “The Let­ter,” which was writ­ten by her older sis­ter, Belle Grant. Grant and Grace Robin­son of Princess Mar­garet ar­ranged the Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­mony in Gyro Park on Thurs­day that saw well over 1,000 in at­ten­dance.

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