Vulcan students take time to remember

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Students placed wreaths during the Remembrance Day ceremony at County Central High School.

VULCAN – Palliser Regional Schools’ students in Vulcan showed they’re willing to step forward.

“Every year we have fewer and fewer veterans who remember what it was like to fight in a World War for our country, we must remember them so their sacrifice is never forgotten,” County Central High School student Sarah Hutchinson – co-emcee along with schoolmate Megan Budd – told those gathered for a Remembrance Day ceremony at the Cultural-Recreation Centre.

Before classmates, friends, family and community members, students and staff from CCHS and Vulcan Prairieview Elementary School combined to pay tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice to ensure the many freedoms we enjoy today.

Hutchinson pointed out this past September marked the 80th anniversary of the start of the Second World War, where more than 100,000 Canadians bravely fought against an “axis of evil.” Some 45,000 Canadians perished in the conflict, with another 55,000 returning home wounded.

Budd reminded the students that many of those soldiers were only teenagers, just like them, when they packed up and left friends and family behind.

“We must remember them and their noble sacrifice for our country,” she said.

Band members from CCHS opened the ceremony with several numbers, including “Along the Beaches of Normandy” under the guidance of Brian Rodgers. They were followed by Grade 3 and 4 students from VPES performing “Blowing in the Wind” in front of a backdrop of poppies and gravestones created by high school artists.

The ceremony also saw a table filled with photographs of relatives who served or are serving in the Canadian military, and their connection to VPES students. The elementary school also supplied related artwork on the walls.

A minute of silence was followed by the colour guard, comprised of CCHS students, and the laying of wreaths.

The Grade 5 and 6 students from VPES performed “Travelling Solider,” with high school student Anna Lundgren bringing things to a close with a reading of “In Flanders Fields.”