For the Fallen


 Reston School hosted a Remembrance Day Service on Friday, November 9th at 1:30 p.m.

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Participants of this year’s service: Travis Wong, Josh Walker, Ian Mendoza, Hunter Hiebert, Kristen Halls, Justin Taylor, Haleigh Vandenberghe, Jordan Bertholet, Camryn Raimbault, Faith Simpson, Marianne Quitiong, Billy Patmore, Erik Forsyth of the Grade 12 class. Special thanks was given to Pathfinders: Hanna Wray and Jai-Lin McKelvey along with Chief Ceilidh Brockman. Special Guests were Bombardier Tanis Leitchman and Warrant Officer David Chelkowsiki of Regina.

 Jordan Bertholet and Erik Forsyth acted as emcees for the service. Everyone was asked to stand for O’Canada played by Pianist Kyla Cristobal. The Grade 12 class gave a slide show presentation. Under Mrs. Schiltroth, the Grade 5 and 6 Class sang In Flander’s Fields. Guest Speaker Bombardier Tanis Leitchman on the remarkable sacrifice that our military members have made for Canada, and for each of us. There is no greater sacrifice than someone risking their life for ours. Our veterans have done that. And those of us who serve today have been inspired by their example to make the same commitment.

 It’s important that we remembered their stories of courage and selflessness, because our veterans have made possible freedom and peace that we enjoy.

 Telling their stories shows our gratitude and contributes to the important work of passing their legacy on. Because this is a significant year, Leithman focussed on three milestone anniversaries we are commemorating in 2019:

• It is the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.

• The 70th anniversary of the creation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

• And this year also marks the 5th anniversary of the end of Canada’s mission in Afghanistan.

Leithman shared the remarkable stories of Arnott England, Jan De Vries and Captain Nichola Goddard.

 Izzy Watt, accompanied by the Senior Band sang Amazing Grace.

 A war video by Williams Shatner was shown.

Names of the Fallen and Laying of the Wreaths were done before standing for the Last Post and a Moment of Silence and Reveille.

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