Do you have relatives who now serve in the armed forces? No doubt someone in your family was affected by World War 1 or World War 2–or another conflict since. Your ancestors may have been soldiers, sailors, air crew–or men, women, and children who lived with war “on the home front”. Remembrance Day is held at the same time as Veterans Day in the US, but is more like Memorial Day.
In Canada, the United Kingdom, and through out the Commonwealth countries, poppies are worn during the days leading up to November 11th as a symbol of our remembrance and respect for those who fought and died in war. It’s also a reminder of how valuable peace is and how we are all responsible for creating a peaceful world.
We got together with our buddies at Climb High and shared our ideas about creating peace. We created this slideshow and presented it as part of our school Remembrance Day assembly.
Making a Peaceful World from Brooklyn Elementary School on Vimeo.
As well, Ryan and Tiana laid a wreath, and Luke, Heather, and Faith read their poems. Other students in our class were part of the choir.
What do you, your family, and school community do to remember those who have fought in wars? Do you have other advice for ways that children and adults can create a peaceful world?
Photo Credit: hobvias sudoneighm via Compfight
Guest post by Brittany
On November 10th, 2008 there was an assembly at our school.
It was the day before Remembrance Day and all the classes in the school headed to the gym. As all the classes were going to the assembly, students were fixing their poppies. If you don’t know what a poppy is, it’s a type of flower to remind us about all the soldiers killed in WW1 and WW2, and other wars too.
The assembly talked about the wars and soldiers, and why the soldiers died then to make peace today. Also in the assembly students sang a song about Flanders Fields, and we shared our Hands Up for Peace images. There were two videos made from our teacher. Here is one of the videos from the assembly.
(Note from Ms Smith: This is not the same video we shared at the assembly; a few of the images are cropped, but I think the students’ messages come through.)