LINDSAY MEWHINEY, For the Independent
On the morning of Nov. 8, students and teachers alike wore poppies over their hearts at the EDSS Remembrance Day assembly.
The assembly was opened with the singing of Oh Canada, and a moment of silence, and had several veterans present, donning their medals and military uniforms. The assembly featured several poetry selections which were read aloud, as well as Remembrance Day themed music videos, and a song written and performed by an EDSS student to honour veterans.
Members of the EDSS stage crew, although often going unrecognized, are the ones responsible for ensuring the assembly runs smoothly.
“The first thing we do is attempt to get a schedule from the [event committee] and a layout of what they want for the assembly including lights, stage, and sound,” says Staci Hanley, EDSS stage crew member.
Stage crew members then sit down with event organizers to verify that all information given to the crew is correct, and to get a more detailed layout of the assembly from organizers, so that a plan of how to set up the EDSS stage can be formulated by crew.
“We try to do this about a week prior to the assembly, but sometimes it's left to the last minute and we have to come up with a plan on the spot, as we did for the Remembrance Day assembly,” Hanley adds.
After crew have taken care of all technical details for the assembly, they must quickly clear the stage and make sure that it is ready for assembly speakers and presenters.
Grade 12 student Sarah Adams, whose family has had direct involvement with the armed forces, feels that Remembrance Day, and having a Remembrance Day assembly, is important to show respect and support for soldiers who have made sacrifices for their country.
Adams’ older brother joined the army reserves at the age of 16, and attended the Royal Military College, graduating as an officer, and currently holds the rank of lieutenant.
“I also had two grandparents who were in World War II, as air-fighters, so I think it’s good to honour them, and also to support my brother,” says Adams.
Grade 12 students Trinda Crawford and Emily Sider both agree that Remembrance Day is important for students to remember and honour those who defend our country.
“Remembrance Day is a time when we can remember what [veterans] did for us, and appreciate their hard work and their sacrifice,” says Crawford.
The assembly brought together all staff, students, and veterans present in quiet appreciation of friends, family, and comrades who are currently fighting, had fought in the past, or who had fallen in battle to defend their country and its citizens.
“I think [Remembrance Day] is important, even to people who don’t have a connection to the military, for the history of Canada,” says Adams, “Veterans are so proud of their accomplishments, it’s really inspiring.”