On Nov. 11, schools and worksites across the Peel District School Board will recognize Remembrance Day to honour and pay tribute to Canadian heroes of diverse identities who have bravely served and are still serving Canada today. Due to the current public health situation, Remembrance Day events at schools and worksites, staff and students will shift to virtual or classroom ceremonies to remember veterans.
"This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. As we remember the Canadian soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, we also recognize those identifying as Indigenous, Black, African, Caribbean, Sikh, French, Jewish, Chinese, 2SLGBTQ+ and other communities in their service to Canada during war. These include women, who contributed to war efforts as service people and in civilian roles," says Colleen Russell-Rawlins, interim director of education.
Many classroom activities will take place across Peel schools to remember heroes during Remembrance Day, including:
- At Lancaster Public School in Mississauga, students from grades 3, 4 and 5 will perform a virtual drama and song performance to present the story of Sadoko Sasaki, a 12-year-old girl from Japan who died from the effects of exposure to the Hiroshima atomic bomb. Students will also create paper cranes in remembrance of the 1000 paper cranes she folded.
- At Williams Parkway Sr. Public School in Brampton, an exhibit from Niagara Military Museum has been set up in the school gym that showcases the significant roles Black Canadians have played during war for over 200 years. A video tour of the displays will be created by students, which will include interviews of historian Kathy Grant and Sgt. Stephen Thomas, who won the Medal of Bravery for action in Afghanistan.
- In Brampton at Sandalwood Heights Secondary School, staff will share a video with students including messages from veterans, and a compilation of footage with stories that have been untold followed with a moment of silence and the national anthem.
Contact: Audrey Crasto, School Communications Assistant, 905-890-1010 ext. 3360, [email protected]