They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Laurence Binyon ” For The Fallen” 1914
Laurence Binyon wrote For the Fallen in September of 1914, only weeks after the military engagement that came to be known as the Great War had begun. He had no way of knowing how poignant his lines would become, or how many thousands of men they would come to represent. Of all the days observed within the school calendar Remembrance Day is unique. Rather than a day of celebration it is a day of sombre importance to be recognized and honoured with formal respect.
It can be a daunting prospect to teach the significance of such a day to students who have, for the most part, lived their lives at peace. Recognizing the fallen and the sacrifice of those willing to risk their lives in the service of their country is no small task, and every year educators work hard to have students learn the stories that give the poppy and the day its particular place of importance in the calendar.
Remembrance Day assemblies are held across the district and in our schools to allow the current generation of students to pay their respects to those who came before and who, through their service, enable us to enjoy the benefits of peacetime. Beyond learning the messages of “In Flanders Fields” and recognizing the sacrifices of those who served, and continue to serve, in the Canadian forces, Remembrance Day gives all of us an opportunity to pause and appreciate both what we now have and those who risked all to protect it for us.