Cer­e­mony to hon­our fallen Sud­bury High sol­diers

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Staff and stu­dents of Sud­bury Sec­ondary School will take time Mon­day to re­mem­ber Canada’s war dead, but es­pe­cially 11 for­mer stu­dents who died dur­ing the First World War.

“As we mark the 100th an­niver­sary of the Ar­mistice (that ended the First World War on Nov. 11, 1918), we wel­come the op­por­tu­nity to high­light the many achieve­ments, con­tri­bu­tions and sac­ri­fices of brave Cana­di­ans, lo­cally and na­tion­ally, both past and present,” Heather Downey, prin­ci­pal of Sud­bury Sec­ondary School, said in a re­lease. “We will al­ways re­mem­ber.” The spe­cial Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­mony to com­mem­o­rate the 100th An­niver­sary of the Ar­mistice will take place at 10:15 a.m. in the school’s Sheri­dan Au­di­to­rium.

Mem­bers of the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch #76, Const. De­nis Gri­mard of the Royal Cana­dian Mounted Po­lice, and Sgt. Ghis­lain Cot­ton of the Cana­dian Armed Forces will be in at­ten­dance.

The cer­e­mony will pay homage to those who fought for our rights and free­doms, in­clud­ing 11 coura­geous men from Sud­bury High School who gave their lives dur­ing the First World War: Wil­frid Car­roll, Fe­lix Cle­mow, John L. Cur­ley, Ver­nor DeMor­est, Harry Green­wood, Wil­liam Irv­ing, Guy John­son, Rus­sell McIntyre, Joseph Pot­ter, Mau­rice Rowat and Wes­ley Tud­den­ham.

A plaque at the school com­mem­o­rates their ded­i­cated ser­vice. As well, the school li­brar­ian has re­searched their con­tri­bu­tions.

The ser­vice will in­clude a smudg­ing cer­e­mony, the sing­ing of “O Canada,” a pre­sen­ta­tion of colours, and spe­cial read­ings of “In Flan­ders Fields” by Ma­jor John McCrae and the North­ern On­tario mil­i­tary his­tory. Stu­dents, in­clud­ing two cadets, will per­form “The Last Post” and “Reveille” and guests will watch a video pre­sen­ta­tion.

On Thurs­day, Man­i­toulin Sec­ondary School marked Re­mem­brance Day on Abo­rig­i­nal Vet­er­ans Day. The stu­dent-led cer­e­mony hon­oured the sac­ri­fices of the brave men and women who fought for our free­dom, and par­tic­u­larly Abo­rig­i­nal sol­diers.

“We thank the Robin­son-Huron Treaty First Na­tions peo­ples for wel­com­ing us onto their land for this cer­e­mony,” said April Torkopou­los. “Re­mem­brance Day and Abo­rig­i­nal Vet­er­ans Day of­fer us a time to re­flect upon the sac­ri­fices made by so many men and women, which we all too of­ten for­get,” added Matthew Red­mond. “In­di­vid­u­als who had fam­ily and friends, who were very much real peo­ple, like you and me, who gave their lives, so that we could be here where we are to­day. We must not let their sac­ri­fice be for­got­ten.”

The en­tire school com­mu­nity re­lived his­tory and paid trib­ute to heroes through video pre­sen­ta­tions that pro­vided a glimpse into the wars Canada has par­tic­i­pated in over the last 100 years, high­light­ing some of the ma­jor con­flicts.

“First Na­tions served in the mil­i­tary at a higher rate than any other group in Canada,” said Pierre De­bassige. “In World War I, 35 per cent of el­i­gi­ble Indige­nous men vol­un­teered for ser­vice, a sig­nif­i­cantly higher rate than any other group in the na­tion. In fact, First Na­tions, Inuit and Métis peo­ple served Canada in all the great con­flicts and peace sup­port mis­sions of the 20th cen­tury.”

He added: “On this Abo­rig­i­nal Vet­er­ans Day, we re­mem­ber our Indige­nous vet­er­ans, as well as those who con­tinue to serve in the Cana­dian Armed Forces. We also re­mem­ber the more than 500 who made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice, as they helped pro­tect peace and free­dom over the years. We must never for­get the ac­com­plish­ments and sac­ri­fices of Indige­nous vet­er­ans, es­pe­cially as we con­tinue down the path to­ward rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and heal­ing.”

SUP­PLIED PHOTO

Sud­bury Sec­ondary School prin­ci­pal Heather Downey and teacher Wayne Cu­culick dis­play the ded­i­ca­tion plaque hon­our­ing the 11 men from Sud­bury High School who gave their lives dur­ing the First World War. The school com­mu­nity will hon­our the men and women who fought for our free­dom dur­ing a spe­cial Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­mony on Mon­day.

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