Observing Remembrance Day at Edmonton Public Schools

All 198 Edmonton Public Schools are observing Remembrance Day this week with activities and ceremonies held today and Friday, involving  Trustees, staff and students.

On Friday, several schools will take part in No Stone Left Alone, where students place poppies on the headstones of soldiers in Edmonton cemeteries. At Beechmount Cemetery, 12420 – 104 Street, students from the Nellie McClung All Girls schools, Oliver, Bannerman and Avonmore, will again be participating in the formal ceremony beginning at 10:30 a.m. Also attending the ceremony are Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Donald Ethell, MP Laurie Hawn, Deputy Premier Lukaszuk and Mayor Mandel. Click here for the November 9, 2012 Remembrance Ceremony LIVE STREAM.

Delton School, 12126 – 89 Street, will host its annual Veterans at Remembrance Day Ceremony beginning at 10:15 a.m. Each year, the school invites a large number of WWII veterans, as well as retired and current members of the armed forces, to be part of the ceremony.

Also on Friday, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Mary Butterworth School, 16315 – 109 Street, will be the host of the 4th annual National Virtual Remembrance Day ceremony, bringing schools from coast to coast together via the Video Conference to Remember as a Nation. (Queen Elizabeth School normally hosts this event.) The event will feature music and guests from schools in B.C., Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland. The special guests of honour will be our troops in Afghanistan as they interact with their families participating at the respective schools.

The students and staff of Edmonton Public Schools very much respect the armed forces, past, present and future and honour the sacrifices made for our freedom.

On very rare occasions, parents choose not to have their children participate in the formal ceremony. Under the Province’s Remembrance Day Act and our own Administrative Regulations, those students not participating are still required to remain in school and to be silent during the ceremony.