Respectful Remembrance at Sunnyside
The students of Sunnyside Elementary, all wearing poppies secured tightly to their shirts with tiny Canadian flag pins, were models of behavior during the Remembrance Day Service that was held there last Friday. Student Vicky Wilcox began the ceremony with the reading of John Mcrae’s In Flanders
The students were ‘all eyes and ears’ when Supply teacher Marjorie Ross took the stage to recount the story of “The Leg”. Accompanied by a prosthetic leg, she told the students, in detail, how her father received shrapnel in his leg during the Second World War, which led to its amputation. Miss Ross’ additional story about her father going skiing, after the war, with his prosthetic leg, only to have it detach and ski down the slope on its own, had the children in stitches.
“O Canada” was then sung by the students in English and French, followed by two minutes of silence. Representatives from each class brought up wreaths to lay at the small cenotaph on the stage, getting help from Major Chris Galvin who was the guest of honour.
Major Galvin, the Deputy Commanding Officer of the Sherbrooke Hussars, had been at the school all morning speaking to individual classes. “I spoke to the students about the different ways that people can show their support around Remembrance Day and for the Canadian military: wearing a poppy, asking about the medals when they see a Veteran wearing them, putting a bumper sticker on the car,” explained Major Galvin. He also provided a slide show for the students of pictures of his last mission in the Congo. “I showed them pictures of the camps, the children there, the animals. They loved it; they were glued to the screen. They were all very focused on what I had to say.”
Major Chris Galvin, the Deputy Commanding Officer of the Sherbrooke Hussars, talking with Sunnyside students about his medals after the Remembrance Day service last Friday.