By Elli Kohnert
On Friday, Nov. 10, Barriere Elementary joined the students at the high school for the annual Remembrance Day service. Approximately 300 students entered the gymnasium as ‘Remembrance Day’ by Matthew De Zoe played.
Everyone found a seat, and some sitting comfortably and quietly in rows on the floor when the bleachers became filled.
A welcome song performed by an Aboriginal drum group, followed by O’ Canada led by Maggie Dana, opened the program.
Barriere Secondary principal, Mr. Hembling, welcomed everyone as well as introducing the veterans and distinguished visitors. Students from both the elementary and secondary schools participated in the presentations.
Kindergarten to grade 3 classes did a fine job of singing ‘Just One Candle’, and grade 5 – 6 classes presented the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’. Principal Hembling played the ‘Last Post’ on his trumpet, and after the two minutes of silence followed it with the ‘Reveille’. Secondary students also presented a drama called, ‘The Enemy’, which was narrated by Meghan Balatti and Desiree Anderson.
In his closing remarks, Principal Hembling thanked the students of Barriere Elementary School for all of their artwork which was used to decorate the gymnasium for the event. He also expressed his appreciation to everyone who had helped to put the Remembrance Day