Students and Staff in the Vancouver School District Remember

Across the Vancouver School District, tens of thousands of students and staff remembered the sacrifices of our veterans at a wide variety of special ceremonies.

Quilchena celebrated its Remembrance Day Ceremony on November 6 with an honour guard, the singing of war era songs such as White Cliffs of Dover, Till We Meet Again, When the Lights Go On Again, and Lily Marlene. Retired Quilchena teacher Gaye Ballantyne came back to accompany the class as they sang.

At Bayview Elementary, students and staff organized an elaborate ceremony which included a school rendition of "Wavin' Flag", a video presentation entitled "War and Peace", numerous poems and songs and the special honouring of Doris Gregory, a veteran of World War 2 who was recently profiled in the Vancouver Courier.

At Kitsilano Secondary, the halls were decorated with molded ceramic poppies. The art installation commemorated the 178 Canadian Forces members who committed suicide during the 12 years that the Canadian Armed Forces had participated in Afghanistan. The whole project was quarterbacked by Kitsilano art teacher Sandra Sugimoto.

To view photos from a few of these Remembrance Day Ceremonies, click here.

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