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G.R. Davis students pay tribute to the veterans

G.R. Davis school students and staff held a Remembrance Day ceremony of their own Friday.
Gwen Fox, Gordon Timpson and Murray Skelding of the Legion and Carolyne Timpson and Dorothy Foryai of the Legion Ladies Auxiliary joined the students.
“Today we join many other students across the country in taking time to remember the sacrifice made by those who have fought wars so that we have the freedoms we enjoy today,” said Paris D’Eon, who shared master of ceremonies duties with Grayson Archibald.
The students sang O Canada and listened to The Last Post before observing a moment of silence.
“We take time during the minute of silence to honour those who have served in world wars, the Korean War as well as those who have served since then,” Grayson Archibald said.
Grayson noted that more than 1.5-million Canadians have served in the military, and more than 100,000 have died.
“They gave their lives and their futures so that we may live in peace,” Grayson said.
Student Kody Welsh read the poem In Flanders Fields and student Tatum Bottle read a response to the poem.
Grayson cited the Veteran’s Affairs Canada Web site, noting that Canada offers freedom and opportunities often taken for granted.
“You can be sure that Canadian veterans do not take our situation for granted,” Grayson noted. “Young men and women sacrificed all they knew, all the comforts, love and safety of home in order to defend the rights and freedoms of others.”
Some of the veterans returned with permanent physical and emotional scars, while others died in the field of battle.
“Veterans know the price paid for our freedom and they want all Canadians to share in this understanding,” Grayson said. “In fact, now, more than ever, they are passing the torch of remembrance to us, to the people of Canada, to ensure that the memory of their efforts and sacrifices will not die with them, and that an appreciation of the values they fought for will live on in all Canadians.”
Paris D’Eon noted Canada has earned a reputation as a peace-loving nation, engaging in combat and peacekeeping operations to protect human rights, freedom and justice around the world.
“When you think of Canadian efforts in war and peace you come to realize that our desire to help was never motivated by greed, power or threats,” Paris said. “It was in and of itself a desire to protect human rights.”
A First Nations honour song was played, and then music teacher Maureen Chambers led students in singing Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream.
“We ask and encourage all of you to always take time to remember to be grateful for the freedom that you enjoy living in Canada, and remember that sacrifice others have made to bring us this peace and freedom,” Paris said.

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