Re­spect­ful Re­mem­brance at Sun­ny­side

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

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

Fields.

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.”

Photo Vic­to­ria Vanier

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.

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