This year the Princess Margaret Secondary School leadership students organized and set up their Remembrance Day ceremony in the hills above Penticton. Students were treated to and stations including a choir performance, diary recitation, and tribute to First Nations’ veterans. The venue was chosen by the leadership student organizers to make the day more memorable.
“The outdoors are really cool; when you take kids and put them in a gym, it kinda takes away from it,” said Susie Robinson, one of the student organizers. “They’re still in school, they’re unfocused, it doesn’t impact them as much. But if you’re to take them up into the mountains, somewhere farther away from the school atmosphere, they’re not so much another Grade 10 kid, so much as someone honouring what our country is.”
The few hundred students moved through the stations in groups, stopping at each one to give them time to absorb the experience before moving to the next and gathering for the speeches and minute of silence. The organizers hope that the format was
“I hope they weren’t cold the whole time, to be honest, and they learned to be more grateful and thankful. A lot of kids take for granted what we have, and it’s really important to take a moment and know that a lot of people fought for you to have free schooling, and to be here,” said Robinson. “It brings people together, it’s something that we all share, it’s the history of Canada, it’s part of all of us.”
“To remember it, and to honour it, it’s really important. To remember all the lives lost for our freedom,” said Rachel Brown, one of the other student organizers.
On Monday, Remembrance Day, the Penticton ceremony organized by the Royal Canadian Legion begins with the parade from the Penticton Curling Club to the Trade and Convention Centre starting at 10:30 a.m.
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