Sherwood Park, AB. — Staff and students throughout Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) are leading in-person or virtual Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 4. The ceremonies will pay tribute to those who have served in the armed forces during times of war and peace. These events are a reminder to everyone across the Division the freedoms enjoyed today came at a terrible cost.
“We remember and honour the incredible sacrifices made then and the ones still being made,” says Trina Boymook, the Board Chair of EIPS. “Generation upon generation, students continue to commemorate the lives lost and embody the freedom and peace for which our Canadian Armed Forces members fought.”
Ceremonies are planned in schools throughout EIPS and will include assemblies, student art projects, choir and music performances, guest speakers from the Canadian Armed Forces, a moment of silence and the playing of bagpipes. Students will also spend the day learning about the sacrifices and contributions Canadian veterans have made over the years and the significance of the poppy worn on Remembrance Day.
This year, Pine Street Elementary has special guest Warrant Officer Sarah Radcliffe from the Canadian Armed Forces speaking at their Remembrance Day ceremony. Radcliffe has been in the military for more than 12 years and is the mother of two Pine Street students.
“Educating students on the importance of Remembrance Day is something that is very dear to my heart—if we don’t remember and understand where we came from, we won’t know why things are the way they are today,” says Radcliffe. “Students and staff can continue to commemorate our forces even after Remembrance Day by attending Legion events and supporting the military in any way they can.”
Details about specific events planned at other schools throughout the Division are available on school websites or by contacting your local school.
Elk Island Public Schools is one of Alberta’s largest school divisions, serving approximately 17,460 students in 43 schools. We are proud to be an integral part of our communities, including Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, Vegreville, Strathcona and Lamont counties, and the western portion of the County of Minburn.
For more information contact:
Laura McNabb, Director, Communication Services, EIPS 780-417-8204 cell 780-405-4902