|LAURIER MACDONALD PART OF SPECIAL REMEMBRANCE DAY ACTIVITIES|
MONTREAL, NOVEMBER 22, 2005- On November 11, 2005, approximately 60 students from three Montreal area schools (Sacred Heart School, Collège Jean-Eudes and Laurier Macdonald High School) took part in the Montreal Remembrance Day Parade and the Montreal Black Watch activities organized in part this year by Major Christopher Phare. The day started with a mini-tour of the Black Watch Museum followed by a demonstration of a small arms simulator finishing off with the grand finale: the march down the streets of Montreal with the Montreal Black Watch. The students were amazed, thrilled and truly appreciative of the day’s events. A few of the students from Laurier Macdonald High School made a small presentation to the Veterans after the march but unfortunately due to time constraints, were unable to present it in its entirety. The following is the part of the Laurier MacDonald’s presentation that was missed: a letter to the Veterans by Grade 11 student, Kevin Imparato and a poem by students Cristina Campoli, Joey Romano and Cassandra Lamorgese.
NDPAO-QR will continue to assist and support efforts like these to reach out to Québec youths in the endeavour to increase awareness and understanding of National Defence and defence issues.
A Message from the heart of a Student to our War Veterans
November 11, 2005
In 1939, there was a great war which could have changed the world as we know it today. It didn’t however because there were allied forces fighting for freedom and they saved the world. The war was one of the most brutal wars of the century. There were many unfortunate losses, but no losses ever go unrecorded. If there were to be no losses there would be no fight for freedom and without this fight the world would be corrupt. World War II was one of the worst wars ever. In my opinion, Remembrance Day is a time when we reflect upon the brutal killings that occurred in Europe. We take time to commemorate those who have put their lives on the line to make this world free.
I realize all the sacrifices you have made. You have told us stories which we cherish. You have been more than help to us and have done a lot to help shape this society. You are like an important string in the fabric. If you did not exist at the time, the world would have fallen apart. Your sacrifices are also tied in with a sense of contribution; - you have sacrificed your time not only to be with us but to tell us your stories. We will always remember what you have done for us. You have gone through tough times so that we didn’t have to. Your lives have been put at risk for our freedom, which is something that we take for granted, yet it wouldn’t be taken for granted if we were not free. You have lost friends, relatives and have been wounded for us.
And so, for all of the contributions and sacrifices made, in honour of you, I will remember you and will try my best to tell every story I have heard. I will listen to every word you have to say because each word said is as important as the last. I will look at a poppy and think about your contributions and sacrifices. I will make sure that you are not just a memory but a symbol of what the world is today. I will mention how important you are to us all and what you have done. I will try to include you in some of my prayers and thoughts.
For all of this I want to say that today it’s all about you. I wish you and your family much happiness, health and prosperity.
A poem by Cristina Campoli
On Remembrance Day,
We truly admire their bravery
In our hearts they will be known as heroes,
These true warriors had no time to relax
We stand today,
November 11 has been set aside
Now, let’s share one last moment of silence
Michael J. Cohen