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News - Branch News - 20 Oct 2010

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Branch News: 20 Oct 2010
"WHY WE REMEMBER" WEEK, Oct 18th to 22nd

“To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.”
In Flanders Fields – Lt. Colonel John McCrae


(Waterloo,ON) The message of John McCrae’s poem will resonate through the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 530, in Waterloo Ontario, as thousands of school children visit the Legion to learn about Remembrance Day and hear the stories of those who fought in battle, including World War II and peacekeeping missions.

For five days, school children, starting at grade one will pass through the doors of the Legion to take part in “Why We Remember” week from October 18th to October 22nd; an event that started nine years ago, to an audience of only 300 children. This year, more than 1900 students, along with teachers and parents are expected to fill the legion halls as they sit quietly and learn about Canada’s military past and the importance of Remembrance Day.

The event will start with Comrade Kathryn Damman at the podium and she will begin to speak about Canada’s involvement in battle, starting as far back as the Boer War. For the next hour and a half, the eyes of the inquisitive children will be fixated on the screen as they see pictures of trenches, Juno Beach, and cemeteries across Europe. The message delivered by Comrade Damman will be driven home… Freedom is not free….Freedom was paid for in Canadian blood.

Comrade Damman will speak to the students about the soldiers who have died in combat – 111,500 alone in World War I and II and 160 in Afghanistan. The students will hear the message that many of those who fought were teenagers, too young to vote, too young to drink, too young to marry but, they were old enough to die.

Each child will listen as they wear their poppy, given upon arrival to the Legion. Afterwards, each student is invited to look at displays around the hall, including uniforms and artifacts from the navy, army and air force. It is an opportunity to talk to the veterans and to hear their stories.

As part of the day’s ceremony, a wreath is laid at a miniature cenotaph; to illustrate what takes place on November 11th at cenotaphs across Canada. For many, this will mark their first introduction to Remembrance Day.

This event, the only one of its kind in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, is put on by Branch 530; with no cost to the student, parent or teachers. It is our way of ensuring that the meaning and importance of Remembrance Day carries on and judging by the attendance and participation expected at this years “Why We Remember Week”, the message of John McCrae is solidified. The torch will carry on, by the youth of the Kitchener Waterloo area.

jd
 

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