CARBONEAR, NL — Carbonear Academy spent Wednesday morning, Nov. 8 honouring fallen soldiers during the school’s Remembrance Day ceremony.
The ceremony saw students and staff, as well as family members and veterans gather in the gymnasium, where songs were sung, poems were read, and memories were shared about the sacrifices of both world wars.
The morning began with presentations from young students who spoke on what Remembrance Day meant to them, followed by a speech from Comrade Leslie Forward of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 23 in Carbonear.
Later in the morning, several poems were read by students Hailey Antle, Owen Boyd, Ben Ryan, and Chelsea Hyde, intermingled with a performance of “Letters from a Soldier” by the grade seven students, as well as the song “Pittance of Time,” sung by Rebecca Sellars and Chelsea Hyde.
Following two minutes of silence, various members of the community, as well as veterans and students alike, took turns laying wreaths and attaching poppies to crosses.
Before the ceremony came to an end, Forward was presented with $469 from grade seven and eight students, who got together as a group to raise money to raise two memorial banners along Water Street in Carbonear for fallen soldier’s whose families no longer live in the area.
Keep an eye on The Compass’ website in the future to read more about the students’ banner project.