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UCDSB Marks Remembrance Day
UCDSB Marks Remembrance Day
Posted on 11/13/2017
TISS Teacher Receiving Special Award

November 13, 2017 (Brockville, ON) - Students across the Upper Canada District School Board honoured Canada’s fallen Friday during 2017 Remembrance Day ceremonies.

In events held in school yards, gyms and auditoriums, students listened to poems about sacrifice, watched slide shows about Vimy Ridge, or viewed videos about the Highway of Heroes.

A highlight of the day’s events was the ceremony at Thousand Islands Secondary School. Principal Terry Gardiner acknowledged longtime teacher Larry Henry, who recently received the Arie van Mansum Award from the Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship. Henry received the honour at a ceremony in Ottawa Thursday night for his efforts to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive through classroom education.

 

In his Grade 12 law class, Henry teaches his students about the Nuremburg Trials. As part of his lessons, he gives his students a true appreciation of how Jews suffered during the Holocaust by inviting survivors to speak about the camps or their time in hiding. The presentations, held over the past ten years, have moved students to tears and given them greater understanding of what the Holocaust means.

Henry said he was humbled by the award, acknowledging it is increasingly important to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive, especially in the era of deniers and fake news.

Other events held during the day included:

Longue Sault Public School: The school hosted a special ceremony which began with a flag walk.

Led by a piper, students carried a 40-foot Canadian flag around the school yard, passing it from group to group to honour Canadians who have served. Later, students moved to the gym where they held a ceremony. During the ceremony, students laid wreathes and later listened to comments from Portraits of Honour creator Dave Sopha, as prints of his work were displayed around the stage. SerViCe representatives Kerri Tadeu also spoke at the event. Others in attendance included the Silver Cross parents of Major Michelle Knight-Mendes, and SerViCe representative Collin Fitzgerald members of the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders, and local first responders. Watch a video of the ceremony at https://www.facebook.com/longuesaultps.

Seaway District High School: Staff organized a ceremony featuring speeches and poetry by students, a viewing of the Highway of Heroes video, the Last Post, a minute of silence, the Reveille, the laying of wreaths, and a performance of a modern version of In Flander’s Fields.

Linklater Public School: The school hosted a ceremony in the gym featuring songs and poetry by students, as well as the Last Post, two minutes of silence and the Reveille. Parents, grandparents and members of the Armed Forces were invited to participate.

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