We, at Swan Hills School, had the special honour of gathering together with staff, students, community members, and dignitaries, as we remembered the remarkable service and sacrifice that our military and emergency services members have made for Canada. They risked their lives so that we can live in a better world, and their stories inspire those who continue to serve today.
This year’s Remembrance Day Ceremony featured student performances, a student-directed video presentation, as well as a presentation shared from Canadian Forces in Ottawa. Lieutenant Navy Melanie Aqiqi, who serves as a regular Forces Public Affairs Officer in Ottawa, shared several stories about individuals and anniversaries of conflicts in the world. In this particular presentation, Lieutenant Aqiqi spoke about the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the 70th anniversary of the founding of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
There are, of course, many other commemorations and anniversaries which recognize the many who have and who continue to serve today. It is these dedicated individuals, who, with a very specific conviction, believe in what they have done and continue to do to protect our freedoms.
We cannot imagine to what extent these sacrifices have changed so many lives and yet so many continue to serve and protect. From our Armed Forces members, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Firefighters, and emergency services, the dedication and sacrifices made are immeasurable. Therefore, it is important for us to not only remember on November 11, but to remember daily, and give thanks for those who have served and continue to serve to protect our freedoms and democracy.
On behalf of the Swan Hills School Remembrance Day Committee, we would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who attended the ceremony on Thursday, November 7, 2019.
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