The Remembrance Day commemorations went well. Cynthia and I (Tom) on the intercom, asked the students in their classes to stand and observe the two-minute silence. Afterwards we read “In Flanders Field”, then invited the classes to go into the halls and erect the Hallway of Heroes (which remained up until November 16). They did.
During the preceding week the teachers engaged in a variety of activities and exercises that explored the importance of Remembrance Day. Glen Polsen, our intrepid handyman, scurried through the halls snapping photo after photo. We were able to distribute poppies this year and in one day we were able to raise nearly $200 for the Royal Canadian Legion. The students participated in full and once again Waapihtiiwewan School in Oujé-Bougoumou did themselves proud. We have organized these activities and erected the Hallway of Heroes for four consecutive years (during the military mission in Afghanistan), and the teachers and students have always come through.
Tom Yetman and Cynthia Lanois
N.B. The soldiers who were killed during the war in Afghanistan are grouped by their regiments. Each class has a regiment (or shares a regiment with another class). The teachers review the memorial poster(s) with their class. On Remembrance Day after our commemorations they go into the hall and put up the memorials. During the following week they and members of the community can view the other memorials.
Kyla Nadeau’s Grade 6 class share their thoughts on Remembrance Day:
Why do we celebrate Remembrance Day?
Linden Spencer: To remember people and animals
Cole Brazeau: To think of veterans
Tyler Bush: For soldiers who died
Theodore Trapper: For soldiers in war that died
Clayton Shecapio: To remember someone that died
Faith Diamond-Bosum: To remember the soldiers
Morgan Shecapio: To remember soldiers died
Xandra Bosum: Remember people died in war
Tyrel Longchap: Remember World War 1 & 2 and the soldiers who died and those who made it
Leeroy Moore: Remember people that went to war
Miguel Shecapio-Blacksmith: To remember soldiers fought in war and those that died and those that survived
Tobias Bosum: So we can remember the people that died
Amanda Bosum: To remember the people
Angel Bosum: To remember the wars
Mark Jones’ Grade 3-4 class shared these thoughts about Remembrance Day:
Casey Bosum: I learned what a veteran is.
Fiona Bosum: We remembered the fallen soldiers.
Aleasha Bush: We wrote postcards to veterans.
Tyra Capassisit: We put up posters to remember.
Richard Dixon: I’m thankful for saving our country.
Donovon-Lee Jolly Dixon: I remember the soldiers.
Bryton Mianscum-Shecapio: Thank you, soldiers.
Philip Neeposh: Thank you for saving our country.
Minnie Shecapio: I wore a poppy.
Wendy Wapachee: We learned about animals that helped in the war.
Postcard for peace: writing a
message of thanks to veterans
Class of Secondary 1 – English
Abel-John Bosum: Thank you for keeping us safe, free of terrorism and for protecting our way of life.
Candice Bosum: Thank you for keeping us safe.
Darcy Bosum: Thank you for keeping us free of terrorism.
Pearl Bosum: Thank you for keeping us safe, free of terrorism and for protecting our way of life.
Andrea-Ann Etapp: Thank you for protecting our freedom.
Tyrese Neeposh: Thank you for keeping us free of terrorism.
Destiney lsik-BIacksmith: Thank you for keeping us safe, free of terrorism and for protecting our way of life.
Cameron Neeposh: Thank you for protecting our freedom.
Uashkut Lefebvre: Thank you for keeping us free of terrorism.
Nathan Rabbitskin: Thank you for keeping us safe.
Christopher House: Thank you for keeping us safe, free of terrorism and for protecting our way of life.
Peter-James Mianscum: Thank you for keeping us free of terrorism.
Selena Mianscum: Thank you for keeping us safe.
Beulla Shecapio: Thank you for keeping us safe, free of terrorism and for protecting our way of life.
Hallway of Heroes
I didn’t realize that some of the soldiers who died in Afghanistan were so young and that some kids would never know their father or mother! It is so sad!
Thank you for saving our country and protecting our country, and for fighting for our country. I think you are very brave going to war.
Thank you for fighting wars for us! For being brave, you’re in my prayers. If you’re injured, get well soon! You are a very special person. Thank you for protecting our country. God Bless!
Thank you for fighting for us and our families and for the other families and for your family and thank you for your family and thank you for being brave for us and all of the other families.
Thank you for saving our country, being brave out there. I would have surrendered. You’re really brave going to war and serving. Were you scared leaving your family? I’m proud that you went anyway, but you survived.
Thank you for saving our world. Some 18-year-olds have died. They are brave in a war. Some people are sad to have died. Thank you for saving people.