Remembrance Day Assembly
Friday, November 9th, 2018
November 8th marked Northwestern's Annual Remembrance Day assembly honoring all our Canadian soldiers who died fighting for our country, and those who are still fighting for peace. The assembly began with a piping procession led by Dan Johnson, who was followed into the gymnasium by our local veterans, law enforcement, and school administrators. They were welcomed by Vice Principal Mr. Herbert, before he passed the microphone to our Grade 12 hosts Caelyn Bender and Anna Dunn.
The programme was lead by Mrs. Lamont’s Drama Club students, Brendan Burdett, and Chaise Shell who read the stirring monologue entitled “Two Tickets”, followed by the Northwestern Concert Band, conducted by Ms. Donna Mitchell, who performed the beautiful and sensitive “Risk Everything For a Dream” by Richard Saucedo. Drama students Kaylee Dupris and Natalya Hare performed the short skit “They Do Not See Me” and Dan Stacey, a local fiddler, came back for another year to perform songs he dedicated to the soldiers who fought during WWII.
We heard a reading honoring the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of 1918, before Mrs. Key’s Grade 7 students, Omama Norat, and Hunter Smalley read WWI diary entries and Grade 7 student Nathan Bean read WWII diary entries. Rachael Frankruyter beautifully sang “Where We Left Off” by Hunter Hayes; a performance that touched our souls and moved us to tears.
Art Boon, WWII veteran, talked about his last days of war, explaining that it wasn’t as glorious as people would make it seem and that although the war was officially called to an end, they still had to be careful, so as not to be killed during that last day. Everyone then proceeded to stand for Northwestern teacher Mr. Jason LeRoux as he played the “Last Post” and “The Rouse” on the trumpet.
Art Boon and his granddaughter Maddison Boon led the way with the laying of the wreaths, followed by the student council representative Nicole Dunn, our local police officer and Stratford Mayor Dan Mathieson, Vice Principal Mr. Herbert and Director of Education, Dr. Lisa Walsh.
Everyone then stood again for the singing of O’Canada and the Pledge of Remembrance followed by the reading of “Lament and Hope” by Northwestern teacher Mr. Travis Johnson. Local musician Alivia Judge sang “Imagine” by John Lennon, before the closing remarks were given by Northwestern vice principal Mr. Derek Laidlaw and ended with the piping procession by Dan Johnson, who was followed out by our veterans and guests.
Acknowledgment to art teacher Miss Wallace and her classes for refurbishing the life-size ‘REMEMBER’ letters that were made last year, and painting them with beautiful poppies. Special thanks to Caelyn Bender and Anna Dunn for hosting, the tech crew and student council for setting up, as well as the band and Ms. Mitchell for performing such beautiful songs. Another thank you also goes to Mrs. Ritsma and all the staff and students who participated and helped organize this assembly.
Written by Amy Loggan
Edited by Terissa Chalmers