MONTREAL, NOVEMBER 1, 2012 – The sacrifices and tragedies of the past will take centre stage on Tuesday, November 6 (9:15 a.m.) at John Paul I Junior High School (8455 Pre Laurin) in St. Léonard as students partake in a special Remembrance Day ceremony. This will honour Canadians in times of war and peace, as well as Kristallnacht, the coordinated attack against the Jews throughout Nazi Germany, annexed Austria, and in areas of the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia on November 9, 1938.
Coordinated by Vince Lacroce, Spiritual and Community Animator at John Paul I, the purpose of the commemoration is to keep alive the achievements and sacrifices made by those who served Canada in times of war and peace; to engage communities in remembrance of these achievements and sacrifices and to promote an understanding of their significance in Canadian life as we know it today.
During the main ceremony, the Holocaust survivors on hand will light six candles honouring Kristallnacht and the six million Jews who were murdered at the hands of the Nazis
In the afternoon, students will engage in two interactive sessions with the honoured guests who will be sharing their testimonials with the students. This will mark the first time that John Paul I will have Holocaust survivors, Canadian Veterans and Canadian Peacekeepers together on the same panel to share their experiences about the war. The honoured guests will also be tackling the issue of bullying as well as spreading a message of peace.
Representing the Canadian forces, past and present will be Alex Hall, Veteran; George Mann, Veteran; Master Corporal John Petrou; Corporal Hardy; Corporal Wasburn and Master Corporal Mclaren.
Joining students to share their experiences and memories from the Holocaust will be Ted Bolgar, Ursula Feist and Margrit Stenge.