The Failure of this Year’s Remembrance Day Procedures

As a generation fortunate to have never experienced the trauma of war, and with our last connections of the world war fleeting; it is important to ensure students are receiving proper education regarding the millions of brave individuals who honourably served our country. Ontario is currently one of four Canadian provinces to not recognize Remembrance Day as a statutory holiday. I strongly agree with this position, as it ensures people cannot undermine the significant date due to personal convenience, and the proper education is provided for students prepared by education professionals. Or so I once believed.

This year, due to the exceeding capacity of the student body and the convenience of administration, grade 11 and 12 students were not given a Remembrance Day assembly. Stripped of the opportunity to expand their knowledge and develop a thorough understanding of the courageous individuals and the sacrifices made, half of the school population was unable to properly commemorate those ultimately responsible for our freedom.

Teachers were given a several minute youtube slideshow video, which they were instructed to pause their course curriculum and play around 11 o’clock. The video did not do justice in compensating the abolishment of a ceremony.

An assembly grants an opportunity for students, consisting of ethnicities from all over the world, to join together as a community to acknowledge their freedom and express their gratitude. Every individual may feel safe, secure, and welcome in our astonishing country, due to the sacrifices of many brave Canadians.

“Lest We Forget” is a nationwide promise. It is not merely a choice, but a duty. Schools and teachers are responsible for properly educating students on the significance of this day, so we may all remember the lives of Canadians that were forever changed, the sacrifices made, and battles won so that future generations of Canadians are able to live in freedom and peace.