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Remembrance Day 2021

Remembrance Day 2021
Posted on 11/11/2021
Remembrance Day graphic displaying BWDSB logo and poppy fieldOn November 11, Bluewater District School Board honours, remembers, and expresses gratitude to the brave Canadians, past and present, who have served and sacrificed for the freedoms we are privileged to enjoy today.

As we honour Remembrance Day this year, we also mark the 100th anniversary of the poppy’s adoption as a symbol of remembrance in Canada.  For that reason, 2021 has been declared as the Year of the Poppy.

In addition to Remembrance Day ceremonies and assemblies, students and staff have been commemorating Veterans’ Week with a wide range of activities, art projects, and heartfelt tributes to show respect and expand learning.  This has included Indigenous Veterans Day on November 8 in recognition of the contributions and sacrifices of Indigenous Peoples and communities, who have consistently served Canada’s military efforts throughout history.

Here are just a few of the many examples of acts of remembrance that are occurring in Bluewater District School Board:

At John Diefenbaker Senior School, visual arts students have once again created poppy rocks for the Hanover Legion. Each painted rock displays a poppy and “thank you” inscription in honour of local veterans.  The purple rocks represent animals, such as horses, that have lost their lives during war.

The hallways at Owen Sound District Secondary School have been decorated with Remembrance Day themed displays in honour of current and previous members of our armed forces.  Students also recently made 250 personalized birthday cards, which they presented to local resident and World War II veteran Charles Fisher, who turned 107 years.

Port Elgin-Saugeen Central School students and staff have created many displays showing appreciation to those who lost their lives for our freedom, including a wreath memorial at the front of the school.  Conversations have focused on "what peace means to us", and an assembly in the gym featured a presentation by teacher Mr. Matthew Patterson, a military veteran who served in Afghanistan. 

To mark Remembrance Day on November 11, the national flag is being lowered at all Bluewater District School Board schools and work sites.

OSDSS hallway display of "In Flanders Fields", "The Act of Remembrance"OSDSS hallway display of "We Will Remember Them" posterPainted poppy rocks from JDSS with "Thank you" inscriptions
OSDSS students with WWII veteran, who holds up student created cardsPainted poppy rocks with "thank you" inscriptions from JDSS
Student art hallway display at Port Elgin-Saugeen Central School with Remembrance Day crosses and poppiesStudent art hallway display at Port Elgin-Saugeen Central School with peace signs and doves
Student art hallway display at Port Elgin-Saugeen Central School with "Lest We Forget" finger paintings of poppiesStudent art hallway display at Port Elgin-Saugeen Central School with hands, doves, and poppy paintings
Group photo of students at Port Elgin-Saugeen Central School holding Remembrance Day poppy art with veteran in gymGroup photo of students at Port Elgin-Saugeen Central School holding Remembrance Day poppy art in gym
Group photo of students outside Port Elgin-Saugeen Central School with outdoor student wreath displayStudent wreath art outside Port Elgin-Saugeen Central School
Student wreath art outside Port Elgin-Saugeen Central SchoolStudent wreath art outside Port Elgin-Saugeen Central SchoolStudent wreath art outside Port Elgin-Saugeen Central School
Bluewater District School Board is located on the traditional land of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, which is represented by the communities of Saugeen First Nation and Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation.
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