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MONTREAL, NOVEMBER 6, 2006- During the week of November 6-10, several English Montreal School Board (EMSB) schools will be holding Remembrance Day observances to commemorate the Canadian men and women who served their country – and made the supreme sacrifice – during the First and Second World Wars, the Korean Conflict, various peacekeeping missions around the world, and most recently, in Afghanistan.

A group of Secondary V International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) students from Laurier Macdonald High School in St. Leonard, with the help of Vince Lacroce, the school’s spiritual community animator, will be traveling to Dalkeith School in Anjou, and Dante and General Vanier in St. Léonard for special Remembrance Day commemorations with the cycle 3 students. The Secondary V LMAC students have created a presentation that describes the lives of their family members during World War II and how they fought for their freedom and struggled in an unfamiliar land, Canada. These students will be accompanied by four Canadian war veterans and three Peacekeepers, who will share with the students their heartfelt testimonies and memories of their lives during a time of war.

The Dalkeith event will take place on Monday, November 6 from 9:45 – 11:30 a.m. at 7951 Dalkeith; the Dante School event will take place on Tuesday, November 7 from 9:30 a.m. -1:45 p.m. at 6090 Lachenaie; the General Vanier program will take place on Wednesday, November 8 from 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. at 4555 Bruies. It will culminate at Laurier Macdonald High School on Thursday, November 9 from 9:40 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at 7355 Viau.

East Hill School in RDP will hold their Remembrance Day ceremony on Tuesday, November 7, 9:30 am, at 10350 Perras. A bagpiper will start the ceremony, followed by speeches from Canadian veterans, a French veteran and Italian veterans.

John Franken, an Indonesian-born World War II veteran who spent some time in captivity as a prisoner of war by the Japanese Army in the South Pacific, will be speaking about his wartime experiences to students at Carlyle School (109 Carlyle in TMR) on Wednesday, November 8 at 11:00 a.m.; at Dunrae Gardens School (235 Dunrae in TMR) the same day at 1:00 p.m.; and at Nesbitt School (6108 8th Avenue) on Friday, November 10 at 12:30 p.m., immediately following Nesbitt's special Remembrance Day tradition of the whole student body singing the "Peace Song" with a bagpiper and a one minute observance of silence on each floor of the school.

Sinclair Laird School (8380 Wiseman in Park Extension) will be visited by Colonel Bernard Finestone of the Canadian Armed Forces on Friday, November 10 at 9:00 a.m.

Royal West Academy (189 Easton in Montreal West) will be holding separate Remembrance Day ceremonies on Thursday, November 9 at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213