SCRIBES: Gathering to Remember

by Sarah Watt, photos by Jamie Dietrich - St. Theresa’s Catholic High School

featuring the work of young journalists from Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District High Schools

They were young, as we are young.

They served, giving freely of themselves.

To them, we pledge, amid the winds of time; to carry their torch and never forget.

We will remember them.

On November 9th, students and staff from St. Theresa’s Catholic High School in Midland, gathered in the gym to be a part of an interactive and moving Remembrance Day ceremony. St. Theresa’s is lucky to have many students involved in cadets and the military who made up the colour party at this year’s ceremony. Led by religion teacher and active member of the legion, Ms LaFrance, the colour party stood on the stage and represented our school with pride.

The colour party marching in

St. T’s was honoured that Master Corporal Crompton from the RCEME Base Borden was able to join us and tell his story. Students listened in awe as he told us about his two tours in Afghanistan and stories from his time with the military. We are so thankful for his brave service for our country and we appreciate it every day.

Master Corporal Crompton from the RCEME Base Borden

After Master Corporal Crompton finished his inspiring speech, it was time for the laying of the wreaths. Students from the special needs department and student council were accompanied by Private Michel and Private Ventura for the laying of the wreaths. Four wreaths were laid: one for veterans of WWI, one or veterans of WWII, one for veterans of the Korean War and finally one for the peacekeeping efforts in Afghanistan.

Laying wreaths at a moving ceremony

After the wreaths were laid, students from teams, clubs and organizations within the school were then asked to come and place their poppy on a piece of fabric in the shape of a cross.

“It truly was a touching moment to see that so many students care these days when typically people don’t think of teenagers as being the caring type. This ceremony proved that kids nowadays are truly stepping up and will make a change in our future,” said Sam M., student council president.

Music students Tom Green and Ethan Fairbanks performed the Last Post and Reveille for the ceremony as well. We were treated with an amazing performance from the drumming group at the Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre.

The ceremony truly brought the school together in harmony and peace as we all put aside our differences to remember those who gave their life and service so that we could be here today, living in freedom, remembering them and celebrating in their honour.