Ceremony to honour fallen Sudbury High soldiers
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.”
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.