Remembrance Day marks the anniversary of the day World War I ended: on the eleventh hour of 11 November 1918.
On 11 November 2019, MGCI paid a tribute to Canadians who have served and continue to serve our country during times of conflict and peace. At 11 am, Mr. Sharp held a Remembrance Day observation over the PA system. Staff and students stood in respect for the playing of the national anthem, “The Last Post”, two minutes of silence, and the bugle call of “Reveille.” This was followed by the recitation of two poems, “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae and “High Flight” by John Gillespie Magee Jr. The observation ended with a few lines from a World War II song.
When asked about the significance of Remembrance Day, Bushra Asfour, a Grade 11 student, said, “It helps us remember all the lives that have been lost during war and helps us appreciate the current privileges we have today.” Ms.Lajeunesse, an English teacher at MGCI, said, “We remember the past to avoid repeating mistakes. To have gratitude for the fact that we get to live somewhere with so much privilege.”
On this day Canadians all around share feelings of immense gratitude and pride towards brave soldiers who sacrificed and continue to sacrifice their lives so Canadians could live theirs in peace. Lest we forget.